By Adrienne Fawcett
Every Saturday of her childhood Marilyn Gould traveled from her south side Chicago home to her grandparents’ farm in Lowell, Indiana, where she and her siblings would play on the swing, toss around a ball, collect eggs from the hen house and sit around the table with all three generations for a long, unhurried dinner.
“They were very calm, very peaceful, non-judgmental,” she said of her maternal grandparents. “There was never any controversy. We’d just sit together and talk about the good old days.”
Talking – and more importantly listening – is something she does a lot with her own six grandchildren, five of whom grew up near her home in Lake Bluff. And she spends time with her neighbors’ children doing things like baking cookies and teaching them to knit and, of course talking and listening.
Marilyn knows how valuable the connection is from one generation to another, but she sees that many children hardly know their grandparents — and some don’t know them at all.
Hoping to change the dynamic in our culture, Marilyn wrote a book called “America’s Greatest Asset.”
“What is our society’s greatest asset?” she asks on the book jacket. “It is the accumulated experience and wisdom of rational, healthy and wise grandparents! In this troubled society, the wisdom of past generations can be invaluable. Grandparents can enhance family values. We can help resolve problems. We can discuss and re-establish core values.
This is her first effort at writing a book, but she’s no stranger to hard work. Marilyn and her husband, Win, have owned and operated the local Molly Maid North Shore franchise for 18 years. Hard work is just one of the values she learned all those years ago on her grandparents’ Indiana farm.
“I had a great relationship with my grandparents,” said Marilyn. “I learned their values, and I passed those on to my grandchildren,” she said. She hopes to pass on the generational wisdom to those who read her book, which is available on Amazon.com— click on the book jacket to learn more.