I love being a grandfather, it is quite possibly the best damn job that I have ever had the honor of being part of. I am blessed that I am on the fairly young side of grandparent hood (53) and I am twice blessed that despite my physical limitations (I’m disabled) from my “incident” in 2011, I am still able to be a huge part of their lives. As you get older, you come to understand how the meaning of “love” is shared differently among family members, brothers, sisters and friends, but the power of your love never diminishes even the slightest bit. I have come to understand the unique and powerful bond of love between a grandchild and a grandparent and it is unconditional love at its greatest. (I am a firm believer that all love should be unconditional)
I am not grampy or grandfather or “hey old dude,” “I AM PAPA!” As a matter of fact, my granddaughters first word was . . . you guessed it . . . “PAPA!” There is nothing in this world that I wouldn’t do for my grandchildren and that got me to wondering. Are you a parent or grandparent? If so, I want you to just stop where you are and really, truly, sincerely and honestly take a good look around at the legacy we’re leaving all our beautiful, innocent children. Dear God, what have we done? We are not only supposed to lead by example, but live by example too and we are failing them so miserably. Shame, shame, on us!
Don’t get me wrong, I know we try, we do our best to make their world better than the one we had, but something is missing, something of great importance. I wish I could tell you that it was one specific thing, but I can’t. I wish that I could tell you it was something that could be fixed quickly and permanently, but I can’t. It goes by many names . . . pollution, terrorism, GMO’s, racism, abuse, loneliness and fear . . . But what have “WE” done to stop it from ever existing? Do I feel it’s possible to change this world for the better in honor of them? Well, yes I do, “But only if we act and respect each other as a team!”
My duties as a father were and still are filled with love, faith and hope, but my duties as a “PAPA” are not only filled with all three of those, but also with a fierce and mighty desire to do right by them. To correct the terrible, unforgivable things we have done to our only home . . .planet Earth and to wake the world up to see what we have done and demand we fix it . . . for them. Why? Why are we leaving this tragic legacy to them, do we think it’s fair or have we just given up? I haven’t and I know you don’t want to either, do you? Look into your child or grandchild’s eyes, look at their innocent faces . . . now ask yourself; “What can I do to make their world so much better than it is right now?” What’s your answer?
Peace, Light and Love to all! Namaste