Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6
I have been blessed with many grandparents - some by birth, some by marriage. I am also blessed that many of them are still living.
Three weeks ago we made a much-overdue trip to see my maternal grandparents in the town I was born. I am sad to say it had been about 5 years since our previous visit. Needless to say, my grandparents had only met Emma, and none of our boys.
My grandparents both had their birthdays this month - he is 98 and she is 94. They are both living together in the house they've always had, with some help from one of their sons and some occasional caretakers. Grandpa's mental state started declining a few years ago, and he is now to the point where he doesn't recognize or remember family members. Grandma has declined a little physically, but is still up and about to serve meals to Grandpa and keep an eye on him.
They both have their recliner chairs that have been in the same spot for years with TV trays right next to them. Grandma's tray always had the remote on it, and I remember how she would always hit the "mute" button during commercials. Drove me nuts. But they very much enjoyed their favorite shows - Star Trek, Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I knew better as a kid to not mess with those shows.
It was fun looking around the house a bit and showing things I remembered to the kids.
It was bitter sweet to see my grandparents and relive old memories. As we said our goodbyes I had a very strong sense that that was the last time I would see them, this side of heaven.
Today I received word that this morning my Grandmother suffered a massive stroke. She is in the hospital in grave condition. It is likely only a matter of hours or days before she is dancing with Jesus.
I am so thankful for the recent visit, and for the lifetime of memories.