“A Native American grandfather, talking to his young grandson tells the boy about the two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred. "Which wolf will win, grandfather?" asks the young boy.
"Whichever one I feed," is the reply.”
As I journey into the adventure of being a grandfather, many things fill my mind; both concerns and excitement. Elders have traditionally been revered our cultures, and our roles as wise advisers and keepers of the cultural legacy contribute to our respected status. . Originally, grandparents were caregivers to free mothers to gather food and provide for their families; grandchildren in turn provided assistance to grandparents. It is my thought that the key caregiving role of grandparents is to forge a bond so that we, elders, are given opportunity to expose the children to traditional ways and language.
I plan to offer my 'babysitting' services to Rachel and Paul quite often as the traditions we hold are sacred to our family and I must ensure they are not forgotten. The earlier a child is immersed in tradition, the better. It not only becomes a way of life but is ingrained in them thus becoming a big part of them.
I hope, as the birth of Rachel's and Paul's child nears, that they too will realize the importance to return and embrace the Quileute ways. It is my biggest desire that this child is raised in accordance to Quileute law and tradition.