I always give all of myself to whatever it is that I am doing. It is who I am. I make my choices very carefully, after all I cannot give myself wholly to what I do not care for?
There is this misunderstanding in my family, well actually, a couple of misunderstandings. One is that my kids believe that my agenda for their kids should be the same as it was for themselves. Not even close. My agenda for my kids was an intense laser focus that is not duplicated with grandchildren. With my grandchildren, I am completely in love and the best way to describe this love is relaxed. Gone is the need to impose perfection. Gone is the need to demand performance. Gone is my own ego. By this time in my life: I am not feeling responsible for anyone. I realize that my child’s life is not my fault, therefore my need for the child to make me proud is gone.
My grandchildren are people who like to play (much more fun than their parents). My grandchildren are beautiful to me. I don’t care who agrees.
My definition of human success has changed dramatically. I once thought that my kids all had to have formal education and high paying jobs, I no longer define success in that way.
Success: the ability to form meaningful relationships, the ability to maintain those relationships without using money as a weapon of control. A deep and abiding concern for another human being, the ability to be introspective, the ability to care, nurture and love one’s self; these are definitions of success.
So it is, that in this sense, I cannot be the grandmother that my kids want me to be. I am however, the grandmother that I want to be.