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by Kristi Powers
As I pull in the driveway, the little two-year-old in the backseat says "Mama, are we at G'ait Grandma's house?" I smile. "Yes, Caleb, we are here." I sit in the car for a moment as the memories come flooding through my heart and mind. How many times have I been right here in this driveway? When I was a child and we were getting ready to leave Grandma's house, we would yell out the back of our blue station wagon, "Grandma, race us!" Grandma, no matter how old she was, would always race us. Dad would rev up the engine and Grandma would giggle as she started running down the grass along the gravel driveway. My mind's eye can still see her giggling, as Dad would gun the engine at the very last second, leaving Grandma in the dust, but waving cheerfully at us from the end of the driveway. Grandma's house had always been a place of comfort, love and laughter. Not just for me, but for all thirteen grandchildren.
I swallow hard. The lump in my throat is stuck there, I can not seem to swallow the pain or the tears fast enough. Through my tear-stained eyes, I see that the sunset is beautiful this July evening. The sky is full of a pink glow that slowly changes to purple, and then a fiery red that stretches across the horizon. It truly is one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. In my heart I hear my spirit whisper "a beautiful sunset for the end of a beautiful life."
My mind is pulled back to reality as the chubby two-year-old calls out to me from the backseat. "Mama? G'ait Gamma? Go see?" Hand and hand, we walk up to the house, Caleb's chubby fingers wrapped in mine. So full of life, so warm. As we enter the house, I breathe in deeply. It is amazing how a scent can bring back such powerful memories. I can still seem to smell the sweet scent of dove soap mixed with freshly baked cookies, cake or whatever Grandma would bake for us the day we were visiting. However today, it was not Grandma baking at the stove, but my Aunt preparing a small meal for Grandma.
The house is quiet. Too quiet. I smile meekly at my Aunt. "How is she today?" I ask slowly... painfully. We talk in quiet tones as she relays what my heart already sensed the moment I pulled in the driveway: My Grandma didn't have much time left on this earth. The lung cancer was claiming my precious Grandma at the age of 89. I try not to cry. We are not criers, us Kelsey's. Laughter is the one emotion allowed.
It is then that I notice that Caleb is no longer standing by my side. As I follow the sounds of his two-year-old gibberish I realize in horror that he is in Grandma's room. I stop dead in my tracks as I see the scene before me. Caleb had pulled the chair right up next to Grandma's bed and had his hand in hers. He was leaning over her with a smile on his face, saying "Hi G'ait Grandma! How you today?" I try to rush in to fix it, but when I see my Grandma gently stroking his baby fingers and smiling intently at him with her blue eyes, I wait. The smile that starts in my heart, slowly makes its way to my face as I watch my first born son converse and giggle with his Great Grandma. Caleb gently climbs on the bed next to her, all the while never releasing her hand. I stand at the door observing the talk between young and old, life and death. Grandma then turns her gaze to me. Her lips slowly part in a smile and she says just two words to me: "Enjoy him."
The tears fill my eyes and slide down the side of my face where the salty drops seep into the corner of my mouth. I can not stop the tears. Was she letting me know how much she had enjoyed him over the last two years? Or was she telling me -- admonishing me -- with her last two words in this life: "ENJOY HIM."
Twelve years later I believe I know the answer. It was both. Grandma enjoyed the time she had with the funny, always joyful and considerate Caleb. But she also wanted me to grasp something that we as Mom's have a hard time remembering... that our job is to ENJOY THEM. Enjoy their infancy, the toddler stage, their grade school years, AND even when they are teenagers. Our children are precious gifts given from above for such a short time. They are not a possession to which we grip them so tightly that they cannot survive without us, but to help them know how to spread their wings and fly.
As the years have gone by I remember Grandma's words a lot. I remembered them the moment my second son was born, and when my third and final son came bursting into this world. I thought of them when I watched them sleep so sweetly in their beds as young children. When my tall fourteen-year-old Caleb took to the stage this last spring, singing and acting, I again, choked back the tears, and remembered Grandma's words.
Grandma only lived a few hours longer after Caleb left her bedside. Her words to me were the last conversation she had on this earth. I was there with my Aunts and Uncles when Grandma took her last breaths. I also had the great honor of being able to speak at Grandma's funeral and share the collective memories that thirteen grandchildren had of their beloved Grandmother. Grandma gave me many treasured memories that I cherish to this day, but none have served me as well as her last words on this earth. Two precious words that were given with the last strength she had: "ENJOY HIM."
Copyright © 2010 by Kristi Powers
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About the Author:
Kristi is happily married to Michael and they have three boys. Her writing appears in ten inspirational books, including many in the Chicken Soup series, and their own book entitled: Heart Touchers. Kristi is also a homeschool mom and fills her "free time" doing youth ministry and absolutely loves her "job" as a CASA volunteer!
To read more of Kristi's writing visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com
Creation Q & A
Q: Evolutionists sometimes make fun of Christians for believing that dinosaurs never existed. Do some Christians believe this?Source: AnswersinGenesis.org
A: Because some Christians don't know how to explain things like dinosaur bones, they've actually said that maybe God made these fossils to test our faith. Well, the Bible states that God is ?not a man that He should lie.' God is truth. God wouldn't deceive us in any way. Unfortunately, some people, because they've not understood dinosaur bones, have tried to explain them by saying that God put them in the ground.
If Christians would only read their Bible, starting with Genesis, they could understand dinosaurs. First of all, their bones speak of death. The Bible teaches that there was no death of animals before man. God described His creation as very good. If there were billions of dead bones under the Garden of Eden, this would totally contradict Genesis. Genesis 3 declares that death, bloodshed, disease and suffering came into the world only after Adam sinned. Thus dinosaur bones have to fit in the Bible after sin.
Genesis also tells us that the world was destroyed by a Flood in Noah's day, which would have buried lots of animals. If we start with Genesis, we can account for dinosaur bones! To read more about Dinosaurs from a biblical and true history perspective visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com/Dinosaurs
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Creation/Evolution controversy each day. This section also includes a rotating
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article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"The man who sings his own praises always gets the wrong pitch."
Verse for the Day
"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." --Proverbs 27:2
Teen's Thought For The Day
"Be very careful with your words. Just like with toothpaste coming out of the tube, once your words are out they are impossible to put back in." -- Michael T. Powers
Parent's Thought For The Day
"No need to worry about your teenagers when they're not at home. A national survey revealed that they all go to the same place --'out'-- and they all do the same thing -'nothing'." --Bruce Lansky
Coach's Thought For The Day
Too often we forget it is the players who do the competing. You never heard the word "I" so much as when coaches get together. Our challenge is to keep the focus off ourselves and work towards developing a cohesive team. We're all important to the overall effort, but none of us is irreplaceable. --Denny Raarup
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"We have no acceptable theory of evolution at the present time. There is none; and I cannot accept the theory that I teach to my students each year. Let me explain: I teach the synthetic theory known as the neo-Darwinian one, for one reason only; not because it's good, we know it is bad, but because there isn't any other. Whilst waiting to find something better you are taught something which is known to be inexact, which is a first approximation." -- Professor Jerome Lejeune, Internationally recognized geneticist at a lecture given in Paris
Writer's Thought For The Day
"Forget the room of one's own -- write in the kitchen, lock yourself up in the bathroom. Write on the bus or the welfare line, on the job or during meals, between sleeping or waking. While you wash the floor or clothes listen to the words chanting in your body." --Gloria Anzaldua
Deep Thought For The Day
"Listen to your heart. A stethoscope will make this easier."
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on your computer as you are surfing the net or just getting things done around the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "Overcoming Delay" by Jeff Williams
Over 200,000 people have listened to popular Chicken Soup Author Michael T. Powers' free inspirational message entitled: "Breathing Life into Others". If you aren't one of them just visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com and click on the link to listen to the free streaming audio message.
Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
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