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Today I wanted to share a cute story about my grandfather and son. My grandfather’s lesson to my son about patience. My son is almost 10 and patience is one thing he doesn’t have a lot of. I recently watched him with my grandfather and thought, well maybe he is learning.-ha. My grandfather likes to head to his workshop in the morning and make wooden gifts. He is working on wheelbarrows. He isn’t suppose to be in his shop unless someone is home because if he falls or has a low sugar attack, he doesn’t remember to press his lifeline button. The button does have a fall detect but we have told him he can’t be down there unless someone is home. He somewhat follows the rule but occasionally deviates ;).
My son (his great grandson), likes to watch him while he works. I shared this moment on facebook last week and I was amazed at how many people related to it. The moment brought me back to when I was a kid and use to watch him milk the cows in the barn.
I feel very fortunate that my son gets to learn great lessons from both his grandparents and great grandparents. My grandfather was teaching him how to use and hold a knife correctly but more importantly, sharing the importance of patience. I was a cute moment.
Once they were done in the workshop, my son decided to walk my grandfather back up to the front of the house in case he “tipped over.” Yep, that’s what my son says when my grandfather falls. My grandfather told him, “you better get out of the way quick if I start to go….I will crush you like a bug.” -ha
My grandfather loves those jeans. My gram gets so aggravated that he roles them up.
A great lesson for sure in taking care of your elders.
If you have a family pinterest board, I made up this graphic to share.
I can’t help but wonder what our society would be like if more kids had the opportunity to learn a bit from their elders, kind of like life was “way back then.” Multigenerational living isn’t for everyone, we certainly have our “trying” moments but I wouldn’t trade moments like this for anything. Be sure to check out my grandfather’s lesson to my son in banking too. It’s a cute one.
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