Grandparents can play important roles in the lives of children. Grandparents can teach new skills; play games; and provide wisdom, family history, a sense of humor, an ear to listen, emotional support, and unconditional love! In the next few days, we’ll be sharing stories from grandparents and grandchildren. We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do.
Luke (age 8) is the tenth of our eleven grandchildren and is our first personal exposure to a child with autism spectrum disorder.
We enjoy every moment we spend with Luke, whether reading Dr. Seuss books with him, taking long walks together, listening to him play the piano or sing his favorite songs, or simply watching him laughing and being with all his cousins who love and support him.
Luke is a great cook, and during our visits we’re often in the kitchen making breakfast together or planning elaborate baking projects. We know to never put limits on our expectations of Luke for he often takes on challenges like climbing the climbing wall at camp to the very top, jumping off the diving board at the pool or boogie boarding in the ocean!
On a regular basis, we’re inspired by how bright he is, how sweet he is, and importantly how hard he works in school, and with his tutors and therapists, to continue his progress both academically and socially. He is truly the light of our lives.
Kathy and Ed Ryan