Families Begin With GrandparentsTuesday, January 24, 2012
This January, my family has experienced it's first death of a loved one. My spouse's grandmother passed away at the age of 89. Although, with age, it is to be expected, it is nothing short of difficult. There is difficulty in experiencing the mix of emotions: sadness, feeling content that she is no longer in pain, guilt of time not spent, and joy when thinking of her fulfilled life and a reunion with her husband.
Along with this is the issue of explaining to our children. Our twins are almost 6 years old, and because their great-grandmother, whom we call Abuelita, was such a fixture in their lives, at every birthday, holiday, t-ball game and monthly bingo night, it is only right that we explain to them what has happened and respect their feelings and thoughts.
More so than ever, I am reminded of my maternal grandparents that have passed and the strong bond that my children hold with their grandparents now. And to think about the amount of love that families hold is overwhelming to the heart.
A family begins with parents, but someone had to have those parents, and so on and so on. Without my husband's grandmother, to have my mother-in-law, to have my husband (who lived in the same household as his grandmother for 13 years) I would not have the wonderful man that I have in my life today. We would not have the same beautiful children and family that we do at this moment and I am forever thankful.
Families begin with grandparents, not many of us are lucky enough to have memories with our great-grandmother. I am glad that our babies will and we will cherish these memories of our children and their Abuelita. And as we celebrated our first Dia De Los Muertos last year, we will continue to celebrate their lives and be grateful for the lives they have given to us.