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We have much to offer our families and our communities. We are the people who have been there. Whatever wisdom is should lie in us. We can see through the posturings of our everyday world. We can identify with the lifestream and the cycles of human existence.

We know what really is important and what is not. We know that disappointments, heartaches, and pain are natural parts of life. We know that life goes on without us. We have been a part of history and often have an interest in learning more about the past. We have seen enough to know that everything is not sensible and rational. We have had enough dreams and life experiences to know that the mystical may be more real than the rational.

We have learned that whatever it is - good or bad - "it will pass.

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If we have been reasonably wise in the conduct of our own lives, we have attended to our physical health and to our spiritual and emotional needs. We know that our bodies age, that our minds fail, but that our inner I remains the same throughout our lives. This is why we feel old in our bodies and minds but not in our spirits. This is why we really do not feel that the image in the mirror accurately reflects who we are. We truly know that we can be old on the outside but young on the inside. If we think about it, we can recognize that the present moment in truth is the "eternal now.

We also have the luxury of living our lives more or less as we wish. We have more control over our schedules because of the relinquishing of the responsibilities of the workplace. We have time to reflect and to enjoy the simple things in life. We can take time to appreciate the pleasures of simply being alive. We can enjoy the clouds, the trees, the flowers, and the smell of the air.

We also can devote our time and energies to helping those who are less fortunate. Most importantly we can relive and resolve the past in our memories and reveries. The past is part of our lives today. We know what it feels like to lapse into the past as if it is the present. Our storehouse of memories leads most of us to relinquish the wish to live our lives over again. We gain profound meaning in life from the love and respect of our juniors.

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The attachment between grandparent and grandchild is second in emotional power only to the bond between parent and child. The Wakame Gatherers by Holly Thompson. Baachan and Gram share how seaweeds are used in their respective countries, and Nanami translates for them. Whenever a new character is introduced the tangram pieces are rearranged to reflect the change. A wonderfully warm and interactive book with whimsical pen-and-watercolour illustrations.

Abuela by Arthur Dorros. While riding on a bus with her Abuela , a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. The melodic text and the exuberant mixed-media illustrations perfectly capture the jazzy energy of this fun imaginary grandmother-granddaughter trip. My Abuelita by Tony Johnston. Her face is as crinkled as a dried chile. She booms out words as wild as blossoms blooming. Her grandson knows he has the most amazing grandmother ever — with a very important job: Abuelita is a storyteller. Sprinkled with Spanish words, My Abuelita is a glorious celebration of family, imagination, and the power of story, stunningly illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

On the day Pablo was adopted, grandfather Lito planted a tree for him. This year it is chimes. Pablo and Lito sit together and listen to the music the wind makes as it blows through the tree. Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina. Tata plays the guitar for him that was given to him by his own grandfather. As she searches for someone in her neighbourhood who can fix the instrument, Reyna gathers stories about Abuelito and his music.

As Maya grows, she makes the blanket into smaller and smaller items, from a dress to a bookmark. Each item has a special meaning and helps Maya in some way. When she loses the bookmark, she creates a book about all the items which she eventually shares with her own daughter. Every Sunday Juanito helps his grandmother sell old clothes at the flea market.

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He exchanges items in the friendly community of vendors. With every exchange Juanito learns what it means to be a rematero — a fleamarketeer. Grandma and Me at the Flea is a delightful, brightly illustrated story about the true value of community. A young Guatemalan girl learns the art of weaving from her grandmother. Linda Sunshine. Shaneekqua McCutcheon. Best Grandparenting Skills. Everyday Miracles. Dale Hanson Bourke. The Brightest Star. Kim Sparkman-Berger.

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