Feeling the Difference

Thirty three years ago holding my first grandchild, I recall being full of life and energy and so proud.  Because we lived close, I was able to see Laura often and I would bounce her on my knee and sing to her. Being a lover of music and dance I always had the radio on and I would just dance even while cleaning and so holding Laura I would dance with her in my arms.  Sure enough, Laura loves music just like her Nana and yes she does enjoy dancing and tells everyone her Nana taught her how many years ago.

Yesterday when my ninth grand-child Joava came to visit I had the music channel on and she would look at me as I made the motions of dancing and singing aloud and there stood little Joava  shaking her hands and moving her body with a big smile on her face.  Oh my goodness , she is just too cute for words and I loved her pretty pink and blue dress (yet I did notice) when I lifted her to sit on my lap, her 23 pounds felt like dead weight!   I sure didn’t have the energy to play with her like I did years ago with Laura.  I believe we know by our birthdays that we are aging but never quite realize how it affects our stamina and health.

I am an advocate for healthy eating and exercise but it doesn’t change how I felt yesterday compared to today.  But, this will not stop me from singing dancing and having fun with my grandchildren. ” In fact I made a promise myself to always be a kid at heart not a cranky crabby older person.”  That is how I would like my grandchildren to think of their Nana, grandmother. ” Life is different but good!”

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