I am sure that many of us remember conversations with our grandparents, whether out for a walk, at the beach, over dinner, or just in passing. They imparted their wisdom in a story-telling manner, with the stories coming from their own younger years. I would like to share a book that has done just that – shared the wisdom of a grandparent to his grandchild. Award-winning novelist philosopher, and storyteller Charles Johnson has done just that in his book “Grand – A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life”. Written for his six-year-old grandson Emery, Johnson shares stories from his life, interspersed with nuggets of wisdom and life lessons.
Johnson writes with an eloquent voice, speaking with and not to his reader. In ten short chapters, he becomes a storyteller, a keeper of wisdom a voice of reason, and a grandfather. Both grandparents and grandchildren will find themselves in this book. Johnson paints a picture of his early life so that the reader understands where he is coming from, why he is who he is, including his Buddhist and martial arts background.
Each grandparent in the reading audience will have their own story to share. He or she can share it by sharing this book with their grandchildren and making their own commentary. Or they can write their own book, to share with family. Family roots and grandparent wisdom – that is what this is all about.
One of the lessons in this book is seeing oneself through their own lens, and not the lens of others’ experiences. Each of us needs to experience the world through our own choices.
For me, even though I am not a grandparent, I value the wisdom in this book and will apply it to my own life.
November, 2021 Bonnie Cehovet
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