Monday, September 28, 2009

Ode to Grandparents

We spent a lovely weekend with my parents, who are the most amazing grandparents ever.  They never complain about giving up their time to be with the grandkids, they don't judge - they simply love.  It is such a blessing to have their influence and presence in the lives of my children, and I am so grateful to experience such unconditional love.  No matter what, we know that we have that love, which is just the most amazing gift a person can receive.  Thanks to mom and dad, as well as all the other grandparents out there who provide love and support.  You are much needed in this world, and much appreciated! 

 I found a sweet, short poem about grandparents this morning on the fundootimes website.  They credit T.S. Eliot for the writing, but I'm not so sure that it is a T.S. Eliot poem - it just doesn't sound like him nor can I find any reference to this poem in his bibliography.  If any one knows, please educate me.  

From the fundootimes site:

The short poem 'Silent Love' from Nobel laureate poet TS Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot) tells us that the love showered by the elders in a family, on children, cannot be described in words. This kind of love is invisible and silent. It is often unnoticed and people don't pay too much attention at it. Eliot says that all other sorts of love do get their nomenclature, but family love does not have any description. According to him, there are no words that can express the exact feeling or expression of family love.

Silent Love

There's no vocabulary

For love within a family, love that's lived in
But not looked at, love within the light of which
All else is seen, the love within which
All other love finds speech.
This love is silent.


  1. Your parents are really super people, aren't they? Now that I'm a parent, I find myself at times thinking of different parents I've admired over the years and trying to reflect on just what makes them so great so that I can learn from them and emulate them. Your parens are among those I truly admire. I'm sure Sophia adores them.

  2. Yep, they're the best. It is pretty hard to live up to them - a lot of pressure on us as parents!