HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
March 12, 2007, Herald Journal

A letter for Gramps

By JEN BAKKEN

This week, my column includes a letter to my grandpa. He’s not feeling well these days, and his spirits are down.

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Sometimes, we are so busy and may not spend the time we should with those “grand” people in our lives. It only takes a moment to say, or put in writing, how we feel, but we don’t always make the time.

I hope this letter will not only put a smile on my grandpa’s face, but maybe, remind one of you to take a moment and say “I love you” to a grandparent or anyone who is “grand” in your life. We may not always have another opportunity, we may not always have tomorrow.

To all you “little tigers” out there: hug your grandparents. Let them tell you one of their stories, even if you’ve heard it many times before.

Laugh at their jokes even if you know the punch line. Spend time with them and make sure you say “I love you” enough.

Dear Gramps,

You are special and mean the world to me. I wonder, have I told you enough?

You have always been the one to write and have a way with words.

I’m so sorry that now you struggle to find the words to use. I hope you know it’s okay, I can see in your eyes what you can’t quite say.

I’ve saved your letters from over the years, your letters full of love and encouragement. They have meant, and still mean, so much. I wonder, have I told you enough?

I’m sorry you are sad, Gramps. I understand.

The walker, oxygen, diabetes, heart disease, confusion, and now, the failing kidneys. It’s so much to struggle with.

I have always seen you as a sensitive, caring, spiritual, and strong man. I still do. I wonder, have I told you enough?

You have told many stories, some more than once, but that’s alright with me. I’d love to hear them again.

You are not only “grand,” you truly are great. I love you, Gramps, I could never tell you enough.

-Jennifer

Grandparents and grandchildren,

Together they create a chain of love,

Linking the past,

With the future.

The chain may lengthen,

But it will never part.

-Author Unknown

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.