Blog Post by Rodney A. Wilson
Rodney Wilson is a regular guest post writer on Selma on Leadership. Rodney has been a marriage and family pastor/counselor for almost 20 years. Rodney and Selma have been married for 40 years and they have spoken and written on marriage and family issues for most of their married life.
One of the many blessings grandparenthood brings me is seeing life through the eyes of a kid. It brings out the simple in life, and oh what magic there is in the simple! So as I recall the special moments of this young summer with you, notice it’s the simple things that stand out as my most memorable.
Four Simple Summer Memories with My Grandkids
- Lightning bugs. It had been another hot June day. It’s dusk and ever so slightly the heat’s edge has been taken off as the sun leaves us.
Then they start. A few at first and then a ton. Quick, silent flashes of light in our backyard. The fireflies are back for another gig. This event could be easily overlooked. Or merely acknowledged and passed over. What makes it special? The little kids. Our grandchildren are excited to the hilt. Grammy provided each of them with a container and a net to catch and collect these blinking treasures. It is one of summer’s memorable moments: the magic of simple.
- Wave riding. We had the privilege of vacationing with our whole family at a beach this summer. It was tons of fun but some of the magic came when our 5-year-old got on a boogie board with me to take on the ocean waves. (A good 20-30 feet from the shore!) Seeing his hesitancy and anxiety transform into sheer exhilaration was a magical moment indeed. He had his swimmies on and trusted his pawpaw to lift him up when every wave approached. Never have I seen Josiah’s eyes as big and when those waves reached out for us. It was simple. It was magic.
- Two-year-old derby. The younger two grandkids are both two now. (It was a special time having both of my daughters expecting at the same time!) Whenever they are together the two year-olds are on the run – together. They love chasing each other, hugging each other, eating together – whatever is happening they love doing it together. But mainly they love to run! At the beach for example they chased each other endlessly, tiring everyone out with their energy. More joy-filled faces. More laughter. More simple summer magic.
- Hearing our five-year-old pray. When he leads our meal prayers now, our blessings are transformed into mini-sermons. (Hey, his dad is a preacher!) Hearing him pour his little heart out and seeing how he conceives God is precious experience. Witnessing the growth of the faith of a child is truly a humbling and sacred (and magical) memory.
When he visits with us, I will often hear our older grandson say, “PawPaw, play with me.” Or walk with me. Or swing me. (And that kid could swing forever!) What he is asking for is time. Moments together. In Gary Chapman speak his love language is quality time without a doubt.
I have never heard him say “Paw-Paw, spend money on me.” No, at this point my presence suffices. Spending a few moments with him is a simple way of telling him I love him. And a simple way of connecting with kids two generations removed from me.
As I reflect on this summer so far, the memories that come to mind are the simple things. Philippians 4:8 tells us that if anything is excellent or pure or lovely or praiseworthy – Paul encourages us to think about these things. It is a celebration of the simple! And it honors the Lord to do so.
How about you? Whether you have grandkids or not, what summer memories are you creating? Put aside the amount of money you do or don’t spend on people. Look for the simple stuff. It’s where the magic is!What summer memories are you creating? Look for the simple stuff. It's where the magic is! Click To Tweet