So what is so special about being a Grandma? I suppose the simple answer to that one is ….my granddaughter
I have only the one granddaughter and as I am sure most grandmas are, I am convinced that she, at the age of three is a budding genius!
This weeks new skill for example is hopping. Not simply on one foot but both. The joy this gives! After weeks of trying to take off from the ground on just one foot. Determined concentration on her face, as she placed one slipper to rest on the other only to put it back down onto the floor at the moment of take off, her hop turning into a jump. She has now mastered the art of hopping, so she hops everywhere.
Climbing – she could scale a mountain she thinks but for now the back of the sofa will do
Singing, she is just beginning to learn the word to songs when listening to music. When recently in the car, watching her sing along in her child seat in the back to “Soul Man” one of my Motown favourites, she beemed at the end and said “I like that snow man song” puzzled I thought about this for a moment, then realised she had replaced the word soul with snow and had been singing “I’m a snow man…”
Her art work here depicts a very flattering portrait of me. I don’t have to worry about looking too large as my body is missing completely – which suits me. Although hair on top of my head is missing, I have some amazing eyelashes, and it looks to me like she thinks I am good fun – that I have discovered is really important to me… we are best friends.
We both enjoy most weekends together and get up to a very wide variety of things. We plan at the end of one weekend what we are going to try to squeeze into the next. Our efforts include baking, painting, walking, beach combing, gluing, visiting the coffee shop (myself for a coffee, her for a treat) and the latest favourite of cutting.
The joy of a granddaughter is that they know, even before trying out something new, that they can do it.
Confidence, enthusiasm and the joy of new discoveries. For example she is certain, absolutely certain, that I should take a rest and let her drive the car!
Beach combing is another favourite pass time of ours. Endless hours, me walking, her running across the sands looking for magical shells, driftwood that may obviously have come from a pirate ship, glass that has rounded and been moulded into smooth pebbles that are safe to hold in tiny palms and store away as treasure.
“Grandmas and Grandpas are everything nice.
Like presents and candy and raspberry ice.And chocolate fudge sundaes, with cherries on top.
And popcorn and peanuts and grape soda pop.In winter or summer, in rain or in sun,
Grandmas and Grandpas are wonderful fun!!!”
My amazing granddaughter and I have many adventures and through this blog I am looking forward to sharing some of them with you.
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