Over the years, our family has let the wounds of life fade away, but every so often, they come up and it is the grandchildren that suffer. They don't know what happened during their parents' childhood. Young children know nothing about the emotional atmosphere their parents experienced.
When the painful wounds surface, the family members withdraw and there is a tone of pain and misunderstanding. Some deep hurts fester again, causing more damage, and then there is a tearful reconciliation. When these ruptures occur, I hope and pray that they do not affect my grandchildren. They are so precious and loving; I want the joy of family to be real for them. To all adult children, blessed with children of their own, do not let the wounds of the past, interfere with the joy of family time. Please work out the old hurts without losing the opportunity to be together.