I’m just home from a wondrous visit with Son, DIL, and Grandboy, and although it’s nice to be back home and getting into my “normal” routine again, I already miss all of them! Grandboy and I had a fun-filled two weeks of playing and reading and simply getting to know one another better. He is a delight, but wow, there is truly a reason that God gives toddlers to young people. Whew!! I definitely got my exercise! It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle though, and I was happy for my strong legs and healthy body.
The boy is busy and full of curiosity! Everything is an adventure. He discovered the wonders of the backyard while I was there—running in the grass and cavorting with Nanny and Lily, the dog. As I was sitting in the grass with him one day, it struck me how different his grandma experience is from mine. Fifty years ago, my grandmother was old—she wore a hairnet and stumpy shoes and house dresses that hiked up in the back. She was seriously arthritic (okay, I have it too, but it’s controlled with exercise and the occasional anti-inflammatory), and had hearing aids that squealed when she adjusted them. She read to us now and then, but she never once got down on the floor to build with blocks or run trucks along the sidewalk or romp in the grass with a ball.
I tried hard to remember what exactly my grandmother did do with us when we were little—hell, she had seven grandkids! Finally I recalled walking to the corner drugstore with her and getting a soda. I remembered making orange coconut cake with her for a church pitch-in dinner and helping her decorate their house for Christmas by sticking gumdrops on a plastic gumdrop tree. But here’s the killer, when I was Grandboy’s age, she was younger than me!
I want my grandson to have lots of memories of fun times with Nanny, even though we live far apart. I’m so grateful to be grandparenting in a time when sixty is the new forty and my age is just a number, and in an age of marvelous technology like digital cameras and Skype and webcams and smart phones. And speaking of digital cameras and smart phones…yeah, he’s a cutie!