Away from the Hustle and Busltle of Life is the Joy of Grandchildren

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Friday October 03, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

One of the privileges, joys, and pleasures of life as you get older is to unashamedly brag about your grandkids and I am no exception. Kahlil Gibran states, "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the Archers hand be for gladness; for even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable." With grandchildren, you have the wonder and joy to see how swift and how far beyond your children, your arrows and then their arrows have flown, and how the Archer allows the bow to be rewarded.

I have four grandchildren now and it is a pleasure to see them begin to grow, blossom out and explore life. Unlike one's own children, one can play with them, dote on them and even spoil them knowing that discipline remains more in the hands of their parents (your children); it is a nice freedom.

I won't say much more but, if you look over on the left hand side you will see the title Grandkids. Click on there to see my grandchildren. Click on a photo and then find the place for full resolution for an extra large view. I will add to each section as time goes on. The oldest is Jason Robert Keating, a Scorpio born in the year of the Monkey; next is Colin Jerome Keating, a Libra born in the year of the Dog; then Sophie Agnes Simoens, a Scorpio born in the year of the Dog; and finally William Richard Keating, a Capricorn born in the year of the Pig. They are all cute as buttons and starting to show their unique and different personalities. In the album under William Richard, you will also see some photos on how trying to get them all to pose for a simple picture is a challenge in itself.