2017-06-25 / Community

What kind of world will we leave behind?


"Happy is the grandparent or great grandparent who can share adventures with a grandchild, walking a nature trail, exploring a museum, or sitting together in church … Reaching out to one’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren can renew us and them." John Gillis

As I am writing this column,  my fifth great-grandchild is being born. As soon as the parents call, I will dash over to hold him. I will have to quiet my heart as I look at him with awe and joy. The birth of a baby is a precious miracle, is it not? I can’t wait for play times, speaking on the phone and each birthday celebration. (I cannot believe that I have five great-grandsons.) Wow!!

As grandparents and great-grandparents our families will look to us for guidance and encouragement in their lives. Let’s pray that we point them on the right path.

Grammy’s and Gramp’s home is a place of memories, love and caring, a secure shelter for the family. As grandparents and great grandparents we can look back and see the many blessings we have. I am most grateful for the treasure of my family.

Since I have a good-sized family, my thoughts wonder about what kind of world we will leave for them. I heard a senator speaking on TV say, “Republicans or Democrats we are all Americans.” That is true. And we squander our strength fighting each other. We are traveling along a different way. We struggle to overcome the great problems of today. The thorn of doubt grows into a mind that aimlessly wanders wounded and struggling.

Becoming wiser and more experienced we must map out a new course sincere in word and deed. Entering into the spirit of thought and words we struggle with patience and perseverance. We are hungering and thirsting for good work, longing to live in an ocean of joy, and peace.

We have had wars and more wars. Tears, sighs, remorse and moral injury as we put American boots on the ground. Moral injury is a trauma as real as a flesh wound and to be in war is to be exposed to moral injury. Almost most veterans return troubled by what they have seen and what they have done. Most are unprepared to disentangle the emotions of anger, sorrow or shame that can result.

Changing the subject to summer fun, the York County Retired Educational Association travel committee has a plan to experience the beauty of Lake Winnipesauke and Meredith, New Hampshire on Monday, July 19, 2017.

The coach leaves Biddeford Walmart parking lot at 7:30 am, stopping at Wells Transportation Center at 7:55, and the Meadowbrook Plaza in York at 8:15. (No stop in Kittery.) They plan to take the 11 a.m. cruise on the Mount Washington from Center Harbor, New Hampshire. The bus will take them to Hart’s Turkey Farm for a 2 p.m. lunch reservation. Choice of three meals: Turkey Dinner, Roast Beef Dinner or Baked Haddock Dinner. (Lunch cost is $18.99 prepaid and includes tax and gratuity.)

After lunch they will stroll the scenic Mills Falls Shops where you can do a little retail therapy or get an ice cream. They will depart for home at 5 p.m. sharp and should be back in Biddeford around 6:30 p.m..

The cost of the trip is $66 per person, which includes transportation, Cruise Ticket, and driver’s tip. (Lunch is on your own.) Get your check in before the June 30, 2017 deadline. Mail check to Sheila Painchaud, 69 Fox Hill Lane, Saco, Maine 04072.

Any questions about the trip? Please contact Marie Maguire at 499-4701, Sheila Painchaud at 282-1705, or Joan Warren at 499-2304.  

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