I’m grateful for my grandchildren’s parents and for the things they model and teach my grandkids.
I’ve always used big vocabulary words when I talk to my grandkids and I describe things as if I’m speaking with another adult. Faith, a self-described “wing-wist” at age two, is now an eight year old book loving wordsmith. Last evening while stocking our ponds, I commented to the kids that the baby bass appeared to be very vigorous. She immediately asked me what “vigorous” meant. I explained, she took it all in, and then said that she loves to substitute big words for smaller ones. A few minutes later she said, “Mama Jan, you always use big words when you talk to me and I am so lucky to have you. You are the best Mama Jan ever!
While I’m incredibly proud of her vocabulary and reading skills, I’m even prouder of her willingness to use her words to express thankfulness and appreciation.
Words carry so much weight. And the best weight of all is when they come bearing thankfulness and blessings.