What do I tell my grandchildren now?
Ever since I became a grandmother all I think about is my grandchildren’s future and if life will be good for them. I fear that they will not have access to the same natural resources that I had as a youngster because we have abused the planet and mother nature for so long. I dread the moment that I will have to explain to them why some people hurt and hate other people. How do you explain that some people suffer so much because they have different beliefs.
I saw a television ad for an organization that helps children that are very ill cope with their sickness. Many of them are at risk of a short life expectancy. The infomercial made me weep. I thanked God my grandchildren are all healthy. The images presented are difficult to watch. Especially when so many children die because they do not have the adequate medical care.
But then it hit me. What will I tell them when they see tragic events or when they witness hatred and bigotry? What will I tell them when they are faced with bullying?
I remember talking to my children about these issues when they were growing up but I feel like it is all different now. There are more instances of tragic events related to bigotry, hatred, drugs, and natural catastrophe. It may be that I am simply older, and do not have the emotional strength to deal with all that happens these days.
I wrote this poem to read to my grandchildren when the time comes I may have to explain that bad things happen.
I would like your opinion if you have grandchildren or young children.
Well, I’ll tell you children
what you saw happen
we cannot prevent bad things from happening.
Sometimes all we could do is hope;
Sometimes all we can do is try to cope;
Sometimes you will need to question.
Many times you will feel helpless
But do not let yourself feel hopeless my darlings;
do not let fear disarm you.
Believe that you can be strong
Learn the difference between right and wrong
and never make others feel they do not belong.
My sweet children
all I can tell you today
is that tomorrow will be a better day,
because you will help make it so.
Only you can be the change
Only you can make the difference
and always remember
love is very powerful.
and others too
and always, always remember
Grandma loves you too.