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Advice To Grandson

A poem written by a grandmother to her grandson who she has not yet met. She gives her heartfelt advice to live the "good life."

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I have a grandson I have seen once when he was 3, he is soon to be 10. He has an older sister and the last time I saw her she was 4. My son and I always had a good relationship until he...

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Letter To My Grandson


Published by Family Friend Poems April 2006 with permission of the Author.

By the time you read this, you will be a big boy.
I know you will be kind, funny, wise, sensitive, interesting, and a ball of fire!
Your parents are all of these things.
I know you will be strong and a wonderful hugger.
Your father was and still is.
I wish you happy, happy, days! You will have some bad days, yes.
They are important so you can appreciate the good ones.
There will be disappointments; I know you will be able to handle them.
Granny always says, "Life is 10% of what happens and 90% how you handle it."
I pray you learn about humility.
Please always let an outsider feel inside, and always, always be kind.
I hope you learn that honesty is the best policy,
And that doing a hard day's work will always make you feel better.
Be a loyal friend, one people can count on and trust.
I hope you put all of these wonderful things you possess
To make yourself and the world around you a better place to live in.
Please learn about the "God Stuff;" it really works, trust me.
You have such a wonderful mother.
She will be the one to teach you all the good things in life.
Remember how to play, for you are in for a loving time.
I hope we will be close always.
I can't wait to see you. I love you already.

Susan L. Schmidt


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  • Nidhi Negi Bhandari by Nidhi Negi Bhandari
  • 1 year ago

Beautiful poetry. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is invaluable. The feelings in poetry are purely relatable.

  • Regina Simpson by Regina Simpson
  • 4 years ago

My grandson was handed to me at birth from my son and the mom because they couldn't wait to get their high on. I had him from birth until he was 6 years old. He was my EVERYTHING. We were so close. When his parents did come around, it was for money or to steal. Four years ago on Mother's Day, my son decided he wanted to be a daddy all of a sudden. He was clean and found a rich girlfriend. My grandson came in my room tears in his eyes begging me, "Please don't make me go with him." He didn't even know his own dad. My son for some reason hid out, and I haven't spoken to either of them for four years. I know where they live. Sometimes I feel like going there and confronting them. I stayed away because he's where he needs to be, but why is my son not letting me even talk to him. At first, I didn't think my heart could take it, but now I know he took part of my soul when he took that boy. I miss and love him so much even after 4 years.

  • Erica Mccreight by Erica Mccreight
  • 4 years ago

I am glad to have read your story. My story is similar. After 4 years raising 2 daughter told me I was "dead to her" via text message. I haven't been the same since. We were so active...always doing something, inside and outside. I can't get out of bed...I don't go anywhere...everything around reminds me of daughter worked and went to school...I said you do you and I got your boys. I made her life so easy. That I would stay over at her place and be a housekeeper...and then she had to get clean and I did not and have not stopped. October 2019 was the last time we saw both boys 5 & 1...we were not able to give birthday and Christmas gifts. Every day I try...I have tried for my grandsons. Thanks for sharing. You've given me hope.

  • Tammy Phillips by Tammy Phillips
  • 4 years ago

My eldest daughter had her first child in 2017. He was my first grandchild. Prior to his birth, my daughter and I had an estranged relationship for approximately 10 years. I've seen him once, when he was 7 months old. He turned 2 in May of 2019. I'm able to view pictures and videos of him on Instagram, but that's it. I'm so very heartbroken that I don't know where to turn. Nineteen ago, I had two beautiful children to my 2nd marriage and thought it would last forever. Unfortunately, I made some very poor decisions, and we ended up divorcing. My 2 younger children to him basically have nothing to do with me either. I've seen many therapists and continue to do so. I'm 57 years old, and only God knows how much time I have left here. All I want is a relationship with my Grandson and try to mend my relationships with his mom and two younger children. They're actually 23 and 21 years old. I'm done beating myself up.

  • Kathy Dudas by Kathy Dudas
  • 3 years ago

I have a grandson I have seen once when he was 3, he is soon to be 10. He has an older sister and the last time I saw her she was 4.
My son and I always had a good relationship until he "fell in love" with the woman who would eventually become the mother of his children. Their relationship was very rocky for several years. I tried to support him during this time and did the best I could to be friendly and accept her but the relationship just went south with both of them. When he told me that she didn't want me to be at the hospital when their son was born I was in shock and disbelief. Then he didn't even call me when his son was born. I found out days later through someone else. I cried for 2 years. I finally came to terms with it. At Christmas I buy an ornament and Christmas card for them both, I also buy birthday cards for them. I have these things saved so maybe some day when they are older they will know this grandma did love them. My heart is broken but I still love my son.

  • Carol Mason by Carol Mason
  • 9 years ago

I miss my grandson so much can't wait for my letter once a year. He is my soul my heart my everything. Stay safe and strong my son love you loads xxx

  • San Jose CA by San Jose CA
  • 9 years ago

My grandson was stolen too. by CPS in California. What a reason to take him away from the whole family. He was never abused or neglected. He was 6 years old now he is 18. I've been looking for him all this time I love my baby with all my heart. I pray for him every night since they took him away. Every birthday and holidays I cry.
I love you my Anthony, forever your nana. Rosa. I hope to see you soon. God bless you.

  • Lynda by Lynda, Minnesota USA
  • 9 years ago

My two grandchildren, ages 2 and 4 months live in Australia. It is very difficult for me to not be able to see or interact with my grandchildren on a daily basis. I have had the pleasure of meeting my granddaughter, but I have not been able to meet my grandson. I am constantly told by people that I will never have a close relationship with my grandkids because they live in a different country. That makes me so very sad. I love them both with all my heart and hope that they will know how much their granma loves them.

  • Ann Greenberg by Ann Greenberg
  • 5 years ago

Lynda - not true! You will just know them differently. I live in Arizona. My granddaughters live in California, but they might as well be in Australia. Because of a rift between my daughter and I (for whatever reason), I see my sweeties once a year for about 4 hours. That time is way too short, but we make up for it with letters and phone calls and greeting cards. I read somewhere about setting up an e-mail account for each grandchild where you can send stories and photos - "talk" with them daily. Then when they are old enough, turn the e-mail account over to them. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't have a close relationship with your grandbabies. Of course you can! You'll just have to be creative. Hugs to you.

  • Cindy by Cindy, Southgate Michigan
  • 10 years ago

My 3 grandchildren were stolen by CPS in Michigan. My beautiful granddaughter and two beautiful grandsons, I love them more than anything in this world, one grandson and my granddaughter has been adopted out, my 11 1/2 year old grandson has been in 18 plus foster homes, our wonderful government that has too much power didn't think my daughter could raise them. What a reason to take them away from the whole family!!!! Her children were well taken care of. There really needs to be a class action law suit against CPS everywhere they have too much power and no sense to think that little boy that was never abused or neglected at home is better off with no stability in his life.

  • Jan by Jan
  • 7 years ago

Call the Dr. Phil show, He can help you by checking your story out and helping you to find them.
I hope to see you on the show one day getting your hugs and kisses from them keep in touch ,Prayers for you

  • Lori by Lori, Sacramento
  • 10 years ago

I truly am sorry for those grandparents who are not able to have their grandchildren in their life. Your children should be ashamed of themselves. They are keeping their children from a love God intended for them. I never thought I could love anyone besides my child with the same intensity, but BAM! It hit me with their birth the same way their Father's arrival had. If they read this or anyone else who is keeping their child(ren) from their grandparents out of spite, this is not about you. This is about someone you claim (or should) to love more than anything. They need someone to sneak them cookies before dinner, and slip them a few coins for their piggy bank. They'll recall who great uncle Cole was and how he was a hero during the war, or know about the goofy great aunt who danced naked in the rain. Most of all, they will remember forever that they and their (Mom or Dad) were loved and wanted very much when they came into this life.

  • Linda by Linda, San Antonio Texas
  • 10 years ago

I was in my Grandson Logan's life till he turned 9 months old at which time his Mother and my son stopped letting me see him which is around the time I stopped paying their rent. 4 years gone by and they have since had another little boy that I have never met. Every so often I get an email from my daughter in law would set a park date to see them only to cancel. I believe she never had intention to keep the park date rather give me false hope and crush it. I never got to hear their first words and what has been stripped from me can never be replaced. I don't wish ill on my daughter in law or son but I do believe they will reap what they have sowed. To use the children as an emotional tool is sad and the boys had no choice in this horrible deed.

  • Pink Wolf by Pink Wolf
  • 7 years ago

I was there for 1 1/2 years of my grandson’s life. He cried to leave, so he stayed. I never knew of the paternal grandmother. I did not know she existed until my grandson got taken from my daughter due to his daddy's heroin addiction. Now they won’t let me see him. With NO reason, and the courts in Virginia won't ask. I work for the government with children. It's been over a year. I have begged through texting, but now they have him. I'm not good enough. Now he won’t ever know his heritage I'm the last Mexican that is still around. A child so innocent being alienated who once laughed and stayed EVERY weekend with me.

  • Cheryl by Cheryl, Va
  • 10 years ago

To my grandson who I miss with all my soul,

When you were born I took care of you. When you were just two years old, we went fishing, camping, and walking in the mountains. As years past I kept missing you. Many in my family have left the earth, yet they watch over you from above, as if trying to keep up with you as if you were a celebrity. But it seems that you don't remember them. I love you as my own, but as the years have past I feel like you have left my life. Every night I pray that god will take care of you. Remember, your Mame is always here, loving and missing you.

  • Surita by Surita
  • 10 years ago

The day I have been waiting for to csee my little grandson and that's the day when he came into this world on 3.12.2012. Just looking at his cute tiny face made me cry with joy and I say to myself, wow I'm a grandmother to this little prince. Took good care of him and his needs until he turned 4 months. One day my son came to me and said mom I'm shifting out and that was the day I knew I got to let my grandson go with them. Now my grandson is 6 months and a week twice my son will bring my grandson to see me , but I still miss my little prince how I wish they didn't move out. I miss his every single move and his smile. I love you my little prince and you will always be in my heart .

  • Serena Ollar by Serena Ollar, Tucson AZ
  • 11 years ago

On November 1, 2009 the state of AZ stole my precious Grandson, Jayden Daniel Guzman 3 yrs old at the time. He is now 6 yrs old and there is never one minute that goes by that I do not think about him or something that reminds me of him. I want you to know JayJay that Nana loves and misses you more than life it self. Your family will be waiting for you to find us as we will continue to keep our eyes ears and life open for you until the day we can hold one another with all the love and strength that's waiting for you. I also wonder if you are being taken care of , and loved the way we love and care about you. I cry everyday missing and loving you. until the moment we meet again I will never let you go you are loved and missed dearly. Thank you as well to the family that has adopted you, I pray that the lord will watch over you yesterday, today and until we meet again. I LOVE YOU JAYJAY..ALL MY LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER YOUR NANA OLLAR

  • Covington by Covington, Louisiana
  • 11 years ago

This is to my grandson DaShon who will be 15 on Sept 29. He was put up for adoption. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you or wonder if you remember me. You were 5 the last time I saw you. I cry every day just wondering if your loved and taken care of like you deserve. I pray you are, and I pray that you will find us one day, always believe you were and will always be loved by me and all your other family here. Remember I will be looking at the stars every night when they're looking at you.

  • Cathalen Reece by Cathalen Reece
  • 12 years ago

I would love to see my granddaughters in California, but since their father (my son) died 7 years ago I have not been able to because of I guess bad blood between some family members. I have tried to communicate with them via email Facebook, Phone calls, text but very little come of it. The oldest is 18 now and the youngest is 15, and I know they are old enough to get in touch with me if they want to because I certainly want to see and hug them and let them know how much they mean to me. I stopped communicating with them because I felt as though I was being a pest. I love you Kela and Jorden very much and maybe one day soon you will come see me in Texas.

  • Sista Cindy by Sista Cindy
  • 5 years ago

God answers prayers. Soften this family's hearts, Heavenly Father. Never give up. All things are possible with God. My daughter wouldn't be a part of my life had it not been for Jesus. Frankly, I couldn't blame her, but God is merciful!

  • Nancy by Nancy
  • 5 years ago

I, too, have grandkids. My oldest is now 20; my youngest is 8 (I think). At one time my grandkids were my life. I did everything I could for them. I had some bad luck in my life and got into some trouble. My daughter (mother of my grandkids) decided I wasn't worthy of being in their lives. I've been to one birthday of my granddaughter's, and there isn't a day that goes by that they aren't on my mind and always in my heart. I've tried talking to her, sending cards, everything I could think of, hoping my daughter would grow up and realize that those kids need me as much as her. To make matters even worse, she remarried and had my oldest sister step in to take my place. That hurts every time I think of it.

  • Tonnie Lucero by Tonnie Lucero, Los Lunas New Mexico
  • 13 years ago

The last time when I saw my grandson was when he was 5 years old and I parked out side of his school. I have not seen him he is now 19 year of age. I pray that some day he will come to see me. And he will be a big boy maybe even a married and a father with kids of his own. So whereever my grandson is I LOVE YOU, a day does not go by that I think of you

  • Sista Cindy by Sista Cindy
  • 5 years ago

If he is 19, what's stopping you? Bring a little gift for every year missed. Find him on Facebook and send him pictures of the gifts. Let him know you've always loved him and have missed him dearly. Never bash his mom or anyone else. That will speak very highly of who you are today. Don't defend yourself; allow God to do all that. Just speak love over all of their lives. Heavenly Father, open doors for this grandma. In Jesus' name, amen.

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