Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Great Inheritance

Today's reflection is about inheritance. What are you leaving behind for your children, grandchildren and so on? I'm not speaking of money and houses. I speak of values and skills. Yesterday was the joy of my life to have my grandchildren help me make preserves. They were amazed to learn how jelly/jam is made. And I could see a light in the eyes of my granddaughter. She learned something and enjoyed herself.

When I was a child, I remember learning to cook, clean, sew, quilt and garden from my mother and my aunt. I loved every minute of it once they pulled my attention from playing. I passed most of that knowledge on to my children but they hadn't bothered to teach my grandchildren, so I decided to do it myself.

A great inheritance is more than physical possessions. Leaving behind a piece of history, however, is priceless. Leaving a piece of your passion and your drive is priceless. Don't underestimate the power of time spent doing things new together.