Today I spent the day with my three grand-daughters and my cousin out Op Shopping. My daughter is raising her children to be independent thinkers who are not slaves to current fashions, but seek their own style. She told me that they enjoyed Op Shopping, so I thought I would take them out and see how we fared.
We went round several Op Shops in our area and it was a fun way to spend the day together. The youngest got several bargains, while her older sisters didn’t fare so well. But, we had many laughs together as the older girls (twins) enjoyed picking out some ‘pretty interesting’ clothes for each other and for their Nanna.
It is nice to spend time with family like this, laughing and just enjoying each other’s company. It is something I treasure. I am enjoying finding new ways to be with them and new things to do with them. We also packed a picnic and sat in a local park having it in the fresh Wintery air.
Long ago, I learned that the thing that children most want you to spend is time. Not money. Just being with those that they love is enough. While we did spend some money, it was little in comparison to shopping trips with their mother when she was young!
I was also proud of how polite and well-behaved they were, something my cousin commented on. She also commented how much one of the girls looks like her Mum when she was a teenager. It was nice to share them with her today. It also makes me feel good that my daughter is bringing up her children to have old fashioned values of respect and politeness. These children and their cousins are part of my legacy. They are a part of me and I can see traces of other family members in them. As long as I have them and their Mum and Dad – my son and daughter – I will always live on through them. I hope that they have inherited the best of me to carry forward with their own children one day.
Today was a day of making memories with those I love. Happy memories to cherish. I hope there are many more to come…