Friday, April 17, 2009

Green Seniors Can Guide our Children

As all three of my children are moving into the realm of adulthood, it has occurred to me that I will probably become a grandmother sooner or later. I really hadn't thought much about that until recently. What kind of grandmother will I be? Doting, spoiling, gruff, aloof, clueless or involved? Hopefully involved, but I suppose it will depend on our proximity to our kids.

This topic has been an ongoing one at my house for sometime now. You know, the "when we retire" conversation. Never mind that "when" is never discussed. "Where will we live?" is the more important question. With 3 kids who could land just about anywhere, it's truly anyone's guess as to where we will choose to live. Of course, we have considered settling within an hour or so of one of them in our later years. That subject always leads us to the obvious quandary; which one of them will be likely to stay put, if we move nearby? Right now, who knows?!

Ugh! For now, we'll just stay put. We are in a wonderful location where we can bike or ride to just about any place we need to go. We're looking forward to doing more of that as time allows.

Our home is an inviting place for 3 kids and a few grand kids too. We have a lake, a pool, a tennis court across the street, and 3 pups who are always willing to play ball. What more could a grand kid want, right?!!

Refocusing the looking glass, I am starting to think further down the road. When they are 3, 4, 5 and older, I'd love to do more than just play ball and go to the park. I'd like to teach them something. Drawing, painting, sewing, gardening, dog training, crafting--oh my; such a list.

Grandparents have a unique opportunity to guide their young grandchildren onto a green path. I'd love to instill in my grand kids some of the ways of the world that are healthier than those we practiced when their parents were growing up and I was clueless to the many challenges of the Earth.

Clearly I have grown since then, and I'd like to share some of that with my progeny. When I think back on trying to teach my own children things, I worry, though. They weren't often interested in the skills I had to share. They each had their own special talents which they pursued with vigor and great success, so I have no complaints. Just concerns that this same scenario may replay itself with my grand kids and I will leave this Earth without ever teaching a child to sew or garden or train a dog.

Perhaps the fact that the offer won't be coming from mom or dad, and it won't be tied to allowances or chores, just perhaps I'll be able to pursue my dream. I'd love to grow a vegetable garden with my grandchildren, or cook, sew or train the dog--just to leave something of myself behind. Just to know that my grand kids will have stories to tell in their later years--stories of grandma making compost, baking pies or training Tanner--makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about having grand kids someday. Not today, but someday. Oh how I hope they will live greener than I did.

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