I plan to write more to them someday, but for now I have some very simple wishes, hopes and dreams for the little people in my life:
I hope my grandchildren grow up in a better world, a world where men and women are treated equally and paid for their efforts, but also a world where the boys don’t have to carry the burden of the sins that happened before them. I hope all chips, on all shoulders are filled, and that people learn to stand on their own two feet and not blame someone else when they fail. I wish that people who have been victimized in the past, don’t try to heal their pain by victimizing others, instead of forgiving and surviving, and that those who feel criticized quell their criticism of others.
I dream that the grandchildren will be happy in love. I don’t care what color that person is, what sex, or what religion, but I do care that they respect my grandchildren, love them, and hold their feelings in high esteem. I hope they are challenged in their relationship, yet find away to grow together exploring life and it’s wonder. I pray that if the relationship is harmful, that they will have the courage to walk away, to hold their heads high, and to move forward. If a relationship or friendship is toxic and causes you to question your value, or your life, please don’t walk away, run..
I wish them children, if they choose. If they don’t choose, I wish for them the good sense to use the best birth control out there. Children are a blessing; they are not the easy route in life, but are gratifying. I can’t imagine my life without mine. Don’t have a child, so that you have someone who loves you; if you have a child it’s because you have love to give.
I hope they have success, as they see it. If you enjoy art or basketball, do art or basketball, but if it doesn’t pay the bills, get a job that does and do other things on the weekends, until you are good enough to pay your bills doing it. Don’t expect any one else to support you, but don’t sell your value in a relationship short as it isn’t always about the dollar. Whether you are the male or female, in your family, earning the most money, and the other partner is managing home and children, always remember that nannies, prostitutes and housekeepers are expensive. There is a price to be paid, never think you have more value, only because you make more money, or less value because your paycheck isn’t as big.
I dream that my grandchildren will be the kind of people who will help someone across the street, buy a meal for a young family anonymously, and support the causes they believe in. If you watch public TV, donate to it. Don’t expect others to support your causes, if you don’t. Always stop and think about how your actions are affecting others, even the people you don’t agree with. Don’t be them; be you. Be an advocate but don’t be nasty about it. Be the best you, you can be.
I hope with all of my heart that they have faith in a higher power, that they pray, and believe that their God is standing by their side. Faith has value; God has value; always be grateful for what you have been given. Say thank you often and with fervor.
I wish that they get an education; keep learning, travel, read and have discussions with others to learn their point of view. It’s how you grow. Don’t be afraid, and please don’t assume you know everything, when no one does. 🙂
I am writing so that they are sure and that they always know they have a grandma, who would eat people for them, a grandma who loves them, and wishes everything good for them, whether she is in this world or another. I will always be the voice on your shoulder, so that you will feel safe and loved.