Heroism…

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Hi, welcome dear friend, today we are looking at what constitutes a hero, you may be surprised at what that actually entails…I know I found it very interesting, refreshing & encouraging…

I have a hot cup of Raspberry, strawberry & loganberry tea with a salted caramel nut slice for our treat. I thought we would sit overlooking the beautiful Bougainvillea with its cerise color alongside our Jacaranda with its lilac flowers that are making a stage appearance in our backyard at the moment & are absolutely breathtaking…

I was recently sharing with a new friend Brenda within the blogging community, that when my daughter’s were young there was a children’s television series called Super Granny. This Super Granny would jump in to save the day for her grandchildren when their adventures went awry. I used to jokingly say to my daughters, that this is how I envisioned being a Granny. Super Nanny ready to save the mishap adventures of her grandies!

But have you ever wondered what actually constitutes a hero?

Dictionaries define a hero as; a man or woman admired for great deeds & noble qualities…an illustrious fighter. 

Mmmm…food for thought don’t you think…

Then yesterday I received a text message from my youngest adult daughter with a photo attached. It read that my 11 year old grandson Master R had included my name as one of his heroes in a lesson he had at school that day!

Believing that in no way do I meet the Super Granny ideal that I had envisaged or any other type of hero status…this absolutely blew me away & totally blessed my day!

Although I live with chronic health conditions each day…I do try to go above & beyond for those around me, even within my limited capacity…explained in Knowing your body’s capacity…

This was highlighted to me recently while creating more pages for each of my grandchildren’s albums..hold on, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about here…

Let me fill you in…14 years ago I decided to create a special album each for my grandchildren, these albums include photos, mementos, journalling, saved invitations, tickets, programs from their performances & school events (drama, presentations, school plays, musicals, academic awards) that I have attended & the little adventures that they have had with us grandparents…from birth until their 18th birthday…when they receive the completed Album as their 18th birthday gift…

I leave it to their Mama’s to do their own child/family albums…These albums I am creating are unique one of a kind Grandie adventure albums.

So now you’re in the know, as I was sharing, while bringing these albums up to date recently I realized that each one of my grandchildren & I have had many sweet little adventures together over the years even within my incapacity! And God willing will continue to have many more…my cup overflowth!

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Often I have wondered if the many, many, many hours of creativity that I have put into these albums would be treasured as I hope, for I am very aware that tastes & styles change with each generation. But my wondering was put to rest when my eldest granddaughter turned 18 last year & received her Grandie Album. She was so delighted with her keepsake commenting on how very special & precious it was to have a treasured remembrance of our adventures together!

On reflection in what constitutes a hero…from the above definition & the wisdom from the ancients in Galatians…it may be the simple fact that we share the following noble qualities of love, gentleness, patience, kindness, joy, peacefulness & faithfulness in a child’s life…continuing to illustriously  fight through life’s challenges to simply turn up in their life…that make us heroic in their eyes…

May we continue to be steadfastly growing in fruitfulness in these noble qualities of the Spirit to be everyday heroes, fighting the good fight for those around us…Until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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27 thoughts on “Heroism…

  1. Your grandchildren are so lucky to have such a thoughtful Nanny! There are a lot of characteristics that make a person a hero in the eyes of a child. You obviously fit the bill for your granddaughter. How wonderful for both of you!

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  2. What a cool idea! Heroism means showing up in someone’s life over and over again to instill hope, bolster courage, and act as a living example of what a surrendered life looks like. It’s not easy. It’s heroic.

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  3. That’s a wonderful idea and gift that you lovingly prepare for each of your “grandies,” Jennifer! I’m a brand new grandma and am inspired to do the same for my grandson and any other “grandies” I might have in the future! Thanks for inspiring me, my friend!

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  4. Such a beautiful post, Super Granny Jennifer! Your dear Grands have bestowed upon you a most precious Hero Badge beyond compare… As for heroism, you’ve spelled it out perfectly in your inspiring quote learned from Galatians–“noble qualities of love, gentleness, patience, kindness, joy, peacefulness & faithfulness in a child’s life…continuing to illustriously fight through life’s challenges to simply turn up in their life…that make us heroic in their eyes…” It’s what I call love in action! ❤ Blessings! xo

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  5. What a wonderful idea! I love how you’ve chosen to physically store up little momentos of your times together. But I especially love your willingness to just be there… to be present in their lives through all the thick and thin. Thanks for the inspiring reminder. Glad I dropped in for a cuppa. 🙂

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