At its core, life is all about relationships. We all know the benefits of close and loving relationships between grandparents and their young grandchildren. What we often overlook, however, is the incredible richness and significance of these relationships for adult grandchildren and grandparents. And further, these relationships are not, and should not, be limited to those with only biological ties. These mentoring relationships can function just as well outside typical family boundaries. This book brings together stories about real-life connections that will move you. These stories are followed by some simple ways and tools to help kick-start these relationships. It is the author's hope that this book will inspire and encourage people of all generations to pursue these kinds of relationships, termed "SOULinks."
Author Wright posits cross-generational relationships as “an endangered species” in this slim volume, offering 10 inspiring reasons to seek and nurture such relationships. The first cross-generational relationship she examines is between the author’s son, Andrew, and an elderly neighbor, Jennie, who became his de facto grandmother. Elsewhere, Wright writes about a young woman who drew on years of correspondence with her grandmother in her college application essays. Another anecdote describes elderly nursing home residents whose contact with preschoolers helps them rediscover their conversation skills. Wright writes with such enthusiasm about annual “multiple generational gatherings” on John’s Island, Fla., that it’s easy to presume at least one of the included families is hers. Readers are encouraged to look for their cross-generational friend—their “soulink”—“next door” and Wright offers tips for making easy connections. Wright laments the Internet replacing the older generation in young people’s lives as a source for information and education, writing that “we must change this.” It’s unlikely that Soulinks will supplant Wikipedia anytime soon, but Wright does make a persuasive argument for forging bonds across generations and enjoying (and benefiting from) the meaningful relationships that can develop. (BookLife)