As grandmothers, we love our children any way and any time. No matter what their actions, the love never fails or wanes. This reminds me of a time when my own grandson popped into the hallway from his room and struck a dramatic pose. “How do you like me now?” he asked. He had dressed himself in a “creative” outfit which consisted of pajama pants, an A undershirt, flip flops and a neck tie. I gulped and swallowed a laugh before answering. Then I told him that I liked him just fine and he wore that outfit to Wednesday evening church service.
It seems the world is constantly trying to change our kids and we often do the same. It stifles their creativity and exuberance. It melts them and forces them into a mold that constricts. But we can fight against that and allow our child to retain his/her natural personality and joy. There will be a time when they must realize society requires certain standards and they will adapt but remain rooted on a firm foundation of who they already are.
Do not ask “What do you want to BE when you grow up””, but rather “What do you want to DO when you grow up?”. Hopefully, our grandchildren will always be exactly who they are right now, just with more experience and life under their belts. As they mature, they will learn the ability to control a situation rather than allowing it to control them. We will still like them for it and respect the adult they have become. We will “like” them then just as we do now. And we sure do like them now, don’t we Recycled Moms?