One day I was preparing for a Motivational Speaking lecture at an area middle school. As I was preparing to leave, my 3 year-old grandson, Matthew asked the question, why do you have to leave me and go to speak to the children at school? I was amazed at how smart he was by asking this question but also happy that he was interested in what I do.
I looked into his large, bright eyes and said, “Matthew there are children out in our world who needs to hear what grandma has to say.” “Some are in trouble and have a need for someone just to listen and mainly care about their welfare.” He looked puzzled at first then asked, “Grandma, may I go with you”? I answered, “Yes, this would be a positive experience for you. You can meet these children and see and hear what grandma has to say to the youth.”
As a grandparent, I want Matthew to grow up in a society where he and others feel free to voice their opinions and learn from what positive adults have to say. I want our youth to have a chance in this world to succeed and grow up without the danger of being murdered. I want our youth to learn from positive role models and live in a world which gives them the opportunities for growth and development. I’m proud of my grandson because by asking me why I do what I do and wanting to go with me, he is learning early that there are great things and wonderful people in life. I want him to succeed and go on to fulfill a great life, a great career and hopefully someday, marry and have a family of his own.
When we arrived at the auditorium, Matthew was amazed and excited to see the children. He and mother sat in the front row of the auditorium. Some of the children began playing with him, which he enjoyed. As I began to make my speech, I glanced over at Matthew and saw a glow come across his face. Some 3 year-olds include Matthew have a hard time sitting quiet and paying attention when they attend events. This time Matthew was content and smiling. As I spoke and the 6th graders listened, Matthew grabbed mother’s hand and pointed to me and said quietly, “My grandma.” I thank God for him and all our youth for they are blessings sent from God.
When I ended my speech, Matthew stood up and walked towards the podium. He asked me to bend down so he could whisper something in my ear. He whispered, “Grandma, may I sing my song Baby Buggies to the children?” I told him yes and he grabbed that microphone and sang so loudly and sweetly that the children gave him a standing ovation. Little Matthew showed mother and I he would eventually follow in his grandmothers footprints and continue my journey’s one day of motivating our youth to succeed in life.
My heart was touched forever that day and mostly proud of my grandson for wanting to give something to the youth, his song. Praise the Lord for our precious babies.
Our children need to be taught strong values and morals at early stages in life. These positive values and morals are what mother and I are instilling in Matthew. If we as parents, grandparents, and other relatives don’t start these teachings during their early years, some of our youth will not have a chance to succeed in this world. I admit there were times in my life when I felt alone and wondered why me Lord? Why do I feel the need to bare the burden of other people problems? God answered my prayers by sending me a wonderful gift. I received the gift of a calling to help others through my motivational speeches. I’ve never been more happy and excited to be able to give myself to others through sharing wisdoms handed down to me from generation to generation.
If you children ask you why mom and dad you do the things you do? Make sure the things they see you do are positive ones.
Moral to this story, stop treating life as though it were one big emergency, running here, there and everywhere. Slow down and take the time to listen to our youth. Teach them positive morals and values so someday these same youth can pass along what you’ve taught them to their families.
By: Cheryl Brown-Avery