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May 13, 201301:51 PMAfter Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

What trumps Mother’s Day? ‘Three Questions’ on Nana’s Day!

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“Nana, when I grow up, do you think I should be a priest or a single man, or should I get married?”

“If God wants you to be a priest, you’ll feel it in your heart and your mind, honey. We’ve talked about that before, and that’s the truth no matter how old you are when, or if, God calls you. And it’s the same for whether or not to get married – if you fall in love, you would feel a calling in your heart and your head to get married. If you don’t, then you are being called to be single, and it is also great to be a single person all of your life. There is no right or wrong decision as long as you listen to your own heart as you grow up. Only you will know the answers to those questions.”

“I’m pretty sure I already know I want to be a father. I think I’d like to have a child and I’ll pass all of this along to him. I’ll say,” – he adopts a lower, manly voice – “‘Timmy, when I was your age, I had the same questions you do, but now I’m old enough to finally know all of the answers, so listen to me.’”

I claim the third question: “I know you love our crazy Patrick-and-Nana adventure series, but are you still going to want to take trips with your old grandma when you’re all grown up?”

“I’m never going to quit going places with you,” he answers earnestly. “I’m going to want to travel with you until you die.”

I look at the road ahead, smiling. It’s Mother’s Day, and the greatest present my children have ever given me is the gift of time with their children – the chance to glance in the rearview mirror and do my very favorite parts all over again.

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May 14, 2013 10:03 am
 Posted by  MJG

I really enjoyed this blog. The gift of time is, indeed, the greatest present. That we should use it wisely is another gift we can give ourselves. Thanks for the reminder!

May 22, 2013 06:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a wonderful conversation - good for the adults as well as the kids. Yes, an adult CAN do anything they want, but its the choices we make that are most important. We all would do well to think more about that in our day to day lives.

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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