On the Fourth of July we welcomed a new member to our family... our daughter Rachael gave birth to a beautiful little baby boy. To say we are delighted is an understatement!!! A baby is always such a blessing and a reminder of what is good in the world. When I first held my grandson and looked into his beautiful eyes, I saw such wisdom and amazing peace—Then the grandmother in me, like I’m sure in all of you too, immediately wanted to shield him from every bad thing there is in the world. As I held him I pondered on this subject and started writing a few thoughts down that I wanted him to know from his grandma. And... Voilà, my Sunday message, was born too! 😉😂
Some of this wisdom was definitely influenced by my parents and also a book I enjoy reading every now and again called “All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. I like it because what he lists is just simple and true... and straight from the sandbox! 😊
He talks about simple things like sharing, cleaning up our own messes and saying we’re sorry when we hurt someone. He reminds us to play fair and never take what isn’t ours. And then he adds every mother’s favorite - wash your hands before you eat and put things back where you found them! Think of what a better world it would be if we all had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. Life can be hard but it is so much easier when we keep it simple. That’s another thing I want to tell my little grandson... keep life simple!!!
I would also add a few more things I have learned to live by: Tell the truth, keep your word, be kind to everyone, when life brings setbacks keep moving forward - that’s how we learn, be grateful and do your best. I want my little grandson to sing and dance every day (figuratively speaking 🤣). I want him to defy gravity with his dreams and expect to succeed. And I never want him to forget how precious life is, especially since the day after he was born there was a huge earthquake in California that we could feel in Las Vegas, and then a larger one Friday night while I was on stage at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Life can change in a heartbeat—never forget that.
This is a great list but all of it pales next to the most important thing I want my grandson to know and that is he is a child of God. I know we treat ourselves differently when we remember who we belong to.
I hope some of this resonated with you (I know the cookies and a nap at 3, are resonating big-time, with me right now 🥰). And you know me, I’m always very curious, what was the best “life” advice you have been given? I would love to read them!