Why I try to be a green grandparent
It’s Grandparents Day and that got me thinking…
I became a grandparent for the first time nine years ago.
I hadn’t longed to be one.
I hadn’t thought about it much.
I had no idea how it would change my life.
But it did.
jolted me back to the day our first child came into the world.
I thought I knew before I laid eyes on him,
what life was about.
But when I held him I realized how little I knew.
In that small body lay everything–
every possibility, every pain, every happiness,
every moment of history.
As parents do, I became separated from that feeling as the years went on,
until the sight of the child of our child
brought it home again.
I’m not my grandchildren’s parent,
so I am not responsible for their day-to-day.
That is what their parents are for.
I love each of them with every piece of my heart.
But unlike having my own children,
when all I could think of was them–
how to love them, protect them, raise them doing as little damage as possible,
focused like a laser on our own little world,
having grandchildren pried me open to consider
the whole world.
I see myself as a minuscule piece of the puzzle.
A piece that may make a difference by listening
and by acting in ways that benefit not only
but all families whether they are fortunate enough
to have grandchildren,
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.