In ReverseAfter sitting in a waiting room recently, talking with a lady nicknamed Queenie about her grandchildren, I’m convinced that grandparents have the ability to look at life in reverse. It’s not the same as looking back on life; many of us look backwards and see the path and the twists and turns that brought us to the present day. Grandparents, conversely, look at small children and look forward, seeing each personality quirk in the tiny humans to wonder if they’ll become healers, teachers, or rulers of the world.

They don’t know the path, but they know where the turns are.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see