I am accused of being an old soul. You can call me that too, because I love the past and look forward to the future. My name is Andy Oldham. I am the grandfather of two boys, ages 16, 14 & 3. I also have two precious granddaughters ages 15 and 2. I don’t get to see them very often and so I am always looking for ways to engage them in conversation. Thank goodness for cell phones and the ability to text and call, and even send pictures to one another. Technology can be a blessing, after all.
When my Dad died, in 1995, I was re-acquainted at his funeral with many relatives whom I had not seen in many years. I will never forget one of my older cousins making this statement to my brothers, and me “You are now the older generation.”
I didn’t grasp the seriousness of her statement until about six years ago when I began to take a class in writing memoirs. The awakening began while looking at photographs and understanding that my parents and grandparents were no longer with us. All that remained were these photos and the attached memories. I then realized that I stood in their place for my children and future generations. As I grew to appreciate the legacy given me by the older generation, I began to accept responsibility to pass on not only family stories and my personal memoirs but this same mantle of faith in God. As some of the current generation has said, I am now a fossil. Ya know what? I’m proud to be one.
We are now the patriarchs of our families, and along with this God-given responsibility there arrives in crescendo the need for commitment not only to our children, but our grandchildren for the rest of our lives. We are not only to nurture, but to advise when asked, to teach godly precepts and share our lives with them when they are in our presence. We are to stand in the gap. God expects of us to take the same responsibility for our grandchildren as our children. Pray! Pray! Pray! As the patriarch we are to surround our entire family with prayers of Joy, Thankfulness, and of course a cover of protection against this world.
There is so much I have to share, that I cannot possibly tell it all at one time. I plan to share stories of the older generation before me, and stories of my own. I will share stories of my experience with my grandchildren and even some pictures from time to time.
I want to share memoirs, family stories, and thoughts with you. Hang in there and I promise you will not be disappointed.