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October 2018

Grandparenting: Samurai Style

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Being a grandparent is one of life’s biggest joys.  I did not fully understand why my friends would be ‘head-over-heels’ when they spoke of their grandchildren.  Now… I understand, and I am the same way!

When my first grandchild, Kaiya, was born it did and still warms my heart and brings so much joy.  She is definitely a ‘first born;’ tenacious, self-starter, high achiever, and keeps me on my toes. She possesses qualities of a samurai; courage, integrity, honesty, and honor.  I am reminded of my samurai heritage, and treat her individually as a ‘samurai in training’ when interacting with her. She definitely walks down the straight and narrow path.

She considers her actions, how it affects her younger siblings, and is a wonderful ‘big sister.’  In kindergarten, her school work was of utmost importance, and we read and do homework together, and enjoy the learning process. She enjoys whittling and discovering the woods with her grandfather. We enjoy doing cooking, dress up, and crafts together.

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