I have often written about the running of BGSG, the highs and lows.
Some days it is all about giving support, listening and trying to link grandparents up with one another in their own areas.
The best days are when grandparents are reconnected with family members.
Recently, several grandparents have begun the process of reconciliation, grandparents able to share their love with their grandchildren again.
It is such a privilege to be able to share in the utter joy they are experiencing, grandparents who for, in some cases, many years have been apart from those they love, believing that this day will never come.
Grandparents who have been watching their grandchildren in Christmas performances and productions, sitting alongside their sons/daughters/son-in-law/daughter-in-laws. They are all looking to the future and not looking back.
The smallest of contact is far better than none at all.
The grandchildren will be able to see how much their grandparents love them, by actions, not words.
Every minute is precious.
I wrote a blog some time ago asking the question Should grandparents have rights? My answer is still the same.
No, I don’t believe they should, it is the rights of the children, not the adults.
Today, not for the first time I have been told it is ‘semantics’, well for BGSG the ethos has always been, the rights of the grandchildren being paramount.
Not the adults.
I shall no doubt get shot down in flames yet again!
Of course everyone has the right to agree or disagree, BGSG’s philosophy clearly is not for some, for those grandparents there are many groups around who feel the need to fight for grandparents rights which might be a better fit.
To all of the grandchildren who now have their grandparents back in their lives, I know you will have the best Christmas ever, and many Christmases to come.
Miracles do happen, never give up hope.