I’d like the house kept clean, the laundry put away, the mess in the kitchen wiped down before the ants come marching. I’d like for my family, young and old, to do what they’re told the first time around. I spend way too much time nagging.

Grandmother stereotype

Most of all, though, I’d like to see my children settled in, honoring what I taught them with good jobs and happy families. I want to see the payoff for the sacrifice. Because in the end, long after the greeting cards have been read and wrapping paper thrown away,

what they do with what I’ve taught them will prove to be the priceless gift only they can give me.

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