I posted last Friday about family members who may not be around when your children are grown. The only way these children will know how much they were loved and cherished by those family members is through pictures of them being held and loved. Our children need to know they are loved, not only by us, their parents, but they need to know how much they are loved by all their family members. If you think about it, relatives who are not in your life much, just don't mean much to you. And if you have parents and grandparents who are gone by the time you are big enough to really remember them, they won't mean much either.
I issued a challenge to everyone to make lots of pictures of family members with your small children. They may have to ask who that is holding them, but that gives you an opportunity to share with them how much that person loved them, and how much your children meant to them.
I had a comment from Ohmommy from Classy Choas who had a very similar post. And yes, great minds do think alike. I especially loved the picture of her grandmother in her apron. It reminded me of my grandmother. I have few memories of her since she died when I was five, but one thing I do remember is her aprons. Most of my memories are just snippets, but they mean a lot to me. And I do love to read sappy posts. I like those that are funny, silly and make me laugh, but I love those that bring a tear to my eyes as well. For all we read and hear about the terrible things that happen in this world, I am thrilled to hear about the close ties we have through our love of family.
I also feel I have gained a new family through this medium. I could spend several hours a day reading and commenting on blogs. Our internet may often be used for bad things, but finding people of kindred spirits across this country and all over the world is truly a good thing.
Hope you have a happy Monday. Do something silly. Make someone laugh.