Sharing memories of departed loved ones with our children

Posted on: October 26, 2011

As my son’s first birthday approaches (8 more days!), I’ve been contemplating many different things.  It’s so amazing to me just how fast time really does fly by.  Since the day he was born people have constantly told me how fast the time would go by.  “Before you know it he’ll be 16 and driving a car”.  Not something I want to think about just yet!  I want to enjoy each day and soak up each moment with him as he grows.  The future will get here eventually and that’s all I need to know.

But, besides all of that, I’ve been thinking about my family as well.  On my living room walls hang multiple picture collages of both my and my husbands families.  Mostly of our grandparents, all of whom have passed away.  As I’ve been sitting in the living room playing with my son, I’ve glanced up at the wall at those precious pictures and wondered what they would have thought of him, how they would have interacted with him, how much they would have loved him and hugged him and kissed him.

My grandmother LOVED babies.  She would have adored my little man and eaten him up!  Sometimes I imagine her playing with him, holding him and giving him all the love in the world, just like she gave me.  I think one of the most difficult aspects of my pregnancy was being so excited for the baby to arrive but yet sad because I knew he wouldn’t ever meet his great grandparents.  Our grandparents meant so much to us that it’s hard to think of my son not getting to know them.  But, I am very grateful both my husband’s and my parents are here and that our little guy will get to know his grandparents and be loved and spoiled by them the way we were by ours. 

I’ve decided that even though my grandparents aren’t here, I am going to tell my children about them. I’ve already started to show “G” their pictures and talk to him about them and I will continue to do this as he grows and as our family grows.  I believe family is very important and we should celebrate and remember the lives of those who have passed on as well as cherish our time with the family we have around us.

4 Responses to "Sharing memories of departed loved ones with our children"

Tears in my eyes. I know exactly what you mean. My grandma passed away a month before I found out I was pregnant with Elijah and my grandpa passed a month after I had him. He was so close, but never got to meet him. Thanks for sharing 🙂

It’s hard, but at least we have good memories to share with our children about them.

You are so right. Grandma would have kissed him more than I do. (If that is possible!!)

She definitely would have!

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