I totally agree with the late Barbara Bush. And grandparents play a huge role in this. Let's face it, we have the time to do this. We have time for small love notes, texts, and little heart-to-hearts when they come to visit. There are lots of ways to nurture family relationships, and one I found quite by accident.
A few years ago, I was with my grands and was putting my granddaughters to bed. They always bring me a stack of books to read, and one of them was "Sisters," by David McPhail. As soon as I saw it, I knew we had to do a book about my two granddaughters and their sisterly relationship. I think we started the interview process that night. I'm sure you can guess the premise of the book--it was all about how the sisters were the same and how they were different.
That was a couple of years ago, and as we've worked on the book since then...taking photos, adding text....I've come to realize other components of this venture. Both the girls' grandmothers are sisters. Their mother has a close sister relationship with their aunt. I realized we needed to celebrate not just Abby and Emma's relationship, but all the sister relationships in their family. We need to honor these family ties and learn from them. They can make our family stronger and tighter.
So back to our book~
As I said, the girls came over on a later date, and posed for pictures. Pictures that would illustrate what they said in their interview.
Then I went through the photo file on my computer, and realized those candid shots were really the best, so I'll use some of those for the book.
But wait! There's more!!
As I went through photo files on my computer, I also found photos of me and my sisters to add to the book, as well as cousins of the girls who have strong relationships with their sisters. I plan to add their photos as well.
And still more!
I plan to add quotes that I've received from these same cousins and others--quotes about the values and benefits of having a sister:
Lizzy - "There are so many things I could say about my amazing little sister, but I'll just simply say my sister is my built-in best friend."
Emily - "My big sister is my absolute best friend. The bond I have with my sister is very special thing that we share. I wouldn't want anyone else to be my big sister."
Lyndsey - "A built-in best friend--whether we like it or not!"
CJaye - "Friend for life!"
Brandi - "Having sisters means having many extensions of my heart."
Beth - "It's the next best thing to having your mom..."
Gigi - "Having big sisters means having special advisors and life-coaches."
A peek at some of the pages in my granddaughters' book~
Things you can do~
Fun quotes about sisters~
The girls' cousin Brandi sent me several quotes. I thought they were their own quotes from both Brandi and her sisters, but it turns out they are quotes that they've seen and loved. I like them too:
I found some fun quotes as well, and plan to add them to the book:
As grandparents, I think it is up to us to facilitate all our family relationships, and not just sisters. All the relationships within the family and extended family, and not only with books like I've presented here; it can be with phone calls, texts, chats, family get-togethers, and sharing of traditions. The list goes on and on. Let's do this! It's things like this that make our golden years GOLDEN!
Retired school teacher and now full time grandmother sharing ideas and looking for new ones about grandparenting!