What Goes Around - Family Through Generations

Reading to children comes back around to give meaning to members of all generations
Reading to children comes back around to give meaning to members of all generations | Source

"What goes around comes around" is a saying that usually refers to bad deeds coming back to bite the evildoer. However, it also fits good times and brings back wonderful memories.

My daughters, grandchildren and I were in my parents backyard recently. My two-year old grandson and five-year old granddaughter began twirling in circles until they fell dizzily on their backs in the grass. I smiled as I thought of the hours I spent twirling and falling to the ground in that very spot. Manuel looked at me and pointed up, shouting, "Thy sky, Grandma, the sky!" Following his gaze, I remember finding pictures in the clouds and we proceeded to find a dog, an elephant, a princess and an angel. Gazing at the world through a child's eyes brings back forgotten or ignored wonders.

My daughter remembers gazing at the sky with fascination and wonders why she stopped doing it. She recently began photographing all things celestial and put together a stunning poetry portfolio concerning sky studies. Funny how important simple things become as we get older.

While I was watching Manuel today he brought me a book to read to him. I smiled as I remembered the first time I read that same book, "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd, to Manuel's mother. She cuddled next to me, quiet and still as the story unfolded. As she gazed at the last page, she raised her big blue eyes to mine and with a voice full of yearning, told me "Mama, I want to go inside this book." I understood perfectly, because at that moment I wanted to go live inside the book with her and rest in that beautiful, cozy room.

Manuel already knew the story, reciting several lines as I turned the pages. But the feeling of wanting to escape inside that safe room with my beloved little one was the same.

My children taught me so much about who I was and helped me to become who I am. My grandchildren remind me who I am and make me become who I want to be. Their unconditional love fills my heart and life.

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denise.w.anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

It is amazing what happens in our lives when we experience the extension of ourselves in our children and grandchildren. A whole new world opens as we live our lives again through them. A beautiful observation, thanks for sharing it!

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