Today is my youngest granddaughter’s birthday. It is also my mother’s.
When girl-child number 3 was born, I felt an ancestral connection run through me that I’d not felt before. July 3 linked my mother to my granddaughter, with me as the conduit. The date shouldn’t matter, but somehow it did. Somehow it brought my mother into the picture as I imagined what she’d think of the little bundle in my arms.
What would she tell her great-granddaughter? What could I pass on to this little one—what bit of wisdom that my mother had passed on to me?
And suddenly I knew.
But one remains applicable regardless of the decade or century, regardless of political or planetary issues. The one single thing I want to teach my granddaughter is the most important thing my mother taught me:
“Love Jesus more than anyone. Even me.”
If I can plant this single truth into the next generation of my family, all the girls and all the boys, then I will have given them the most precious birthday gift of all.
Davalynn Spencer writes heart-tugging, cowboy romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and an award-winning rodeo journalist and former crime-beat reporter who caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect at www.davalynnspencer.com.