Point to Ponder:
Enjoy the little things, for one day you look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault
Story Line: Recently I attended my grandson’s second birthday party. The young man seem to recognize that it was his special day and he was in high spirits. While I was sitting at the round table conversing with other adults, he came and pulled my hand to go with him. While holding my finger he took me to the living room sofa and asked me to sit down there and left. After few minutes I wondered why I was there and I got up and went back to the round table. Noticing I had shifted my position he came again and took me back to sofa. After few minutes, not finding any purpose, I returned to the round table.
The young man approached me again and held my hand to direct me for the next walk. So I asked “Why are you taking me to the living room. What are you going to show me?
At that moment his father who is a real cool guy said “Grandpa, He is enjoying holding your hand and walking with you to place you on the sofa. He is showing you to just relax and enjoy the feeling.”
The next time I reached the sofa, it seemed that the young man had captured my purpose driven life and need for tangible deliverables. He had his other grandpa in there and he asked me to sit down next to him. Then he pointed at each of us and said Grandpa, Grandpa.
Reflection: The best part of retirement for me is enjoying time with the grandchildren. There is so much that I am relearning from them and the most important is to live in the moment. Enjoy that precious time that is in front by getting totally immersed in it; it is slowly getting back in to me. Getting up early on Thursday mornings to watch the garbage trucks with the younger grandson and learning to dance with the guitar of the older one, without having to think of anything else, are feelings easier to enjoy than put in words.
Pictures by Luisa Go and Anand Shah from March/April 2016