As an artist I have always struggled with perspective...my father could see things in a way that came across on canvas that I always wished I could attain.
Such vision I believe is a gift and also learned through practice and mistakes. My perspective in life, I believe is also parallel to that of an artists eye. Sometimes I get so absorbed in my work that I don't see anything else and I have to back away from it and get my perspective. Also true in life's trials and even in the everyday happenings. The gift of perspective sometimes comes naturally or in my case taught. Since I am sort of a free spirit I was blessed with a mother that is grounded and secure as a rock. The Lord blessed me with parents that loved the Lord and were two opposites in nature, my father the artist, singer, writer and my mother the practical rock of Gibraltar that is faithful and a straight shooter. My father used to say that she always was there to shoot down his flying ideas...(I don't think he always appreciated that ;)
A few years ago when my first grand babies were going to be born, I was a very busy lady with my huge shop and artwork. All the ladies of course gave me advice and said I was too young to be called grandma and what had I decided on to be called. So we searched different names such as Mimi or some other ridiculous chic name. Well, the twin boys came much too early, they were only a couple pounds each and struggled to stay alive. They didn't escape injury and they both have Cerebral Palsy...they cannot sit up, or hold their head up, eat, walk, or talk. I would give anything to have them call me grandma... PERSPECTIVE.
The boys now are 11 years old and keep my perspective pretty clear. They in spite of their disabilities are happy and content and try so hard to do what we take for granted. God has surely blessed us with these angels.
Some how when I was a mother I was so absorbed in raising my children correctly and so busy not making mistakes-which I often did anyway, I didn't enjoy them as much as I could have...not that I didn't take time - with 6 children your time is limited and I just didn't have the perspective that I now do with my grandchildren... And maybe that's what grandma's are all about, so here are the wonderful faces of my perspective...
Children's children are the crown of the old...
My heros Zachary and Luke... aka Smackery and LukeDelici-oso
My newest grandaughter Madeline Noel