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I have a very special granddaughter. Well actually, I have four of them but we�ll just limit our discussion to one of them today - the four-year-old. I am also fortunate to have a very special mother.
Mom and my granddaughter (we�ll just refer to her as �K�) have a very special relationship. It started the moment �K� came into our lives. Even though Mom was nearly 90, �K� was immediately attracted to her. Actually, �attracted� doesn�t adequately describe their relationship. It was more like they were long lost buddies who had been reunited after many, many years.
It didn�t make any difference who else was around. The instant �K� walked in the door, she�d always head straight to Grandma. That�s what she would call Mom instead of Great Grandma. They would talk and play dollies. Talk and touch and smile and just be happy. They were together and that�s all that counted.
When the weather was nice and Mom was able to be outside on the patio, �K� would take her dollies outside just so she could be close to Grandma. And yes, they would talk and smile and be happy.
Now that I�m living several hundred miles away, I�m not there to enjoy this interaction between �K� and her Great Grandma. But I understand that they are still great buddies. If �K� is having a bit of a bad day, she and Mom will talk and it won�t be long until �K� is feeling much better about whatever is happening in her young world. If �K� isn�t feeling well, Mom is there to give hugs, rubs or whatever it takes to help the healing process. Most of the time though, I think it�s the love that�s doing the healing. Love really is a potent medicine, you know.
Buddies. Talking and smiling � and loving. You just know there is a lot of love shared between �K� and her Great Grandma. What a wonderful relationship between two people separated in age by almost ninety years. I like to hear about it. I enjoy hearing the nice things �K� tells her dad about this wonderful, continuing relationship and the nice things her Great Grandma does for her. It really is special. Very special.
And I�m sure that Mom is enjoying it too. It�s not like it�s a burdensome responsibility � watching over a four year old child. After all, they�re buddies. Always have been � always will be. I�m sure of that.
The date on Mom�s death certificate is May 5th, 2004. Maybe it should be re-titled to �New Life� certificate instead. It seems more appropriate somehow.
PS: I understand from �K� that Mom no longer needs her wheelchair. Isn�t that great?
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