Hand surgery on December 16, 2015 left me unable to do things I was accustomed to. Things as second nature as bathing, cooking, doing my own hair, or even using a fork to eat became difficult and painful.
This was not what I wanted or expected when I retired. I had hopes, dreams, and aspirations for my retirement. Some of those included::
♣ Cooking at least one new recipe every week
♣ Trying new natural hairstyles
♣ Learning to quilt
♣ Knitting for my grandchildren and others
The healing process has been longer than I anticipated, therefore I had a lot of time to ruminate…
I remembered what the job description for Grandma was when I was a child:: care for everyone in the family and neighborhood, cook, clean, budget, wash and hang out clothes..then iron them all, can foods grown in your own garden, make rugs from rags, quilt…. the list went on and on.
Of course grandmothers today do many of the same things except with modern technology it is a bit quicker and easier. Now many grandmothers do all that plus hold down a job.
I also thought about where we are as grandparents today…
Today many grandmothers are more active, look younger, many are younger and more vibrant than our grandparents were. So if you are thinking of leaving the grandkids with grandma…you'd better call first because she may not be at home. When you want to learn the newest line dance or Zumba steps call grandma. Or if you want the quickest way to reserve a cruise, airline ticket, or cross-country trip…ask grandma because she has done that several times. Recipes from grandma are a snap, but don't stop over for a meal without checking first, grandma might just be out on the town.
I thought of my journey from there to here (youth to grandma-hood) and realized that I've forgotten more than most folks have learned, and yet I still have so much inside me to share. Sharing what I have learned (and still remember ) is what I should be doing at this stage in life. I realized that a grandma's hands, heart, and advice are still the most important support and gift I have to offer.
Many folks say I was born old…as a child I was always thinking about grown-up things like fire insurance, heaven and hell, elderly caregiving. I feel that the life experiences of an old soul were meant to be shared.
I've been praying about a way to share these life experiences for awhile now. After much prayer and research, I've decided to start my own personal blog. I plan to share my wisdom, my world travels, my recipes and menus, my research, my crafts, my organizational skills, and my love for the people of God thru His word. I've always been a talker, but I know and believe that our ear is the most important thing to share with our children, grandchildren, family, and friends. My blog will be a place where we will be able to chat about what concerns us most. What I hear in my spirit from God, from my friends and family, from researching the web, I will share...except secrets️
You will soon see "Grand's Hands" website and blog.
Will you join me as I navigate thru this time of grand parenting, retirement, and working the vineyard in which I have been placed? What topics would you like to discuss? What discussion format or social media platform are you most comfortable using?
Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Sharon Hines-Stringer….Grand's Hands….