A family’s “core” leisure activities (those that are typically everyday, low-cost, home-based activities such as playing board games, playing in the yard, gardening and watching television together) were related to the family’s cohesion (“the emotional bonding that family members have toward one another”).
You do not have to always think of spending time attaching a huge price tag! More quality time transpires when there is little to NO money involved!
Stopping to just get ice cream or ice smoothies, with the wind blowing, good conversation and togetherness beats SHOPPING at the mall any day for me!
The love that is ALWAYS displayed between my mother and son is pure – genuine and beautiful…… I think of my teenage son and think – whatever happened to those days! GEESH! Relationships are a choice and I am glad that my mom and I CHOOSE to love one another, pray for one another, grow with one another, fuss with one another, crack jokes with one another etc..etc..etc..
A mother’s love can be felt even by strangers and my son has even said – ” why do grandma hug everybody?”….. I said because she has a lot of LOVE that she needs to give away before Jesus comes! LOL His reply is, well make sure that you remind her to save some just for me! TOO CUTE RIGHT!! LOL
Nonetheless, I am assuming that being a grandparent brings just as much joy and excitement as a mother or father. She tends to needs and he appreciates when she just ask him “how was your day”….. ” did anyone bother you today” ” is there anything that you would like to talk to grandma about”…… They even talk everyday! “pure blessing”
He told me that makes him feel that she loves him!…. Love is such a nice thing to have in your life and so many times, we take the act of love itself for granted…..
It is no secret that me and my mother is very close….. it saddens me that as I was growing up in the house, that my siblings SAW that I was my mom’s favorite as well as my dad‘s! I have talked to 3 of my siblings and they have shared the same story but in different ways about how they all have noticed that….. Well I never did – I was a child and was the type to never sit and watch what my mom and did for me verses my siblings etc. I felt that I was treated fine… My father was STRICT but loved hard at the same time and I was fine with that..
I guess even as I am typing this, it is making me think of the relationship with my parents and the grandkids…. My father favored my sister’s kids ( in a nice way ) and my mom favors my kids.. Am I hung up on it? NO WAY – However, each child needs different things and as we get older, we also mature in different ways too. Some may need “the extra” while others do not… Overall – we all have had the pleasure of spending time with one another doing NOTHING and it feels pretty awesome!