As the school year is progressing, I am reminded of the time when my granddaughter was in 5th grade choir at Forest Lake School in Grand Rapids, MN. My family went to her spring concert and sat in the front row so we could see all that was happening. At one point I noticed my granddaughter, Taiya, talking to her friend and I could see her say, “That’s my dad, my grandpa, my great-grandpa and great-grandma.” She then sat up to sing with the biggest smile on her face.  It brought tears to my eyes and a choke to my throat to know our presence was that important to her. I recalled then for a moment when “I” was in school band.  I searched and searched the auditorium to see where my folks were sitting. I knew they were there…I just had to connect with them.

Later, at Forest Lake School, we had milk and cookies with the kids. My granddaughter introduced me to her friend. Her friend simply said “no one” from my family came.” Need I say more as to how hurt that made me feel? If you are a parent, grandparent, uncle, or aunt. MAKE TIME to go to these events and support your kids. Give them hugs that they deserve. Do it TODAY.

 

Brian Carlson

Grand Rapids

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