A pleasure of being a grandparent is the ability to observe development of descendents from a different perspective than we applied when actively parenting.
I suspect that grandparents don’t see children as extensions of themselves. Instead, without judgement, they observe young people in their families develop according to the child’s interests and abilities.
Sometimes, we’re taken aback when skills are demonstrated without lessons from experts often employed to instruct children.
My oldest granddaughter, recently tagged a teenager, gained possession of an iPhone. Without instruction, she used it to photograph images of the world in which she lives. The results demonstrate her own skills, not those expected by people around her.
The first photo here is taken from the family’s beach property south of Powell River. The other two are from a fishing trip on her uncle’s small boat near Vancouver.
Of course, these photographs are something more to me than a 13 year-old’s regard for earth’s beauty. It represents the hope that the next generation will protect these lands from destruction.
I expect Teagan will play a role.