The Joys of Grandchildren

The Grandsons

My two grandsons Colton and Maddox in a photo taken on Jump Off Rock, Laurel Park, NC
My two grandsons Colton and Maddox in a photo taken on Jump Off Rock, Laurel Park, NC | Source
My grandson Colton playing with his toy trucks.
My grandson Colton playing with his toy trucks.
Colton and Maddy driving the Gravedigger
Colton and Maddy driving the Gravedigger
Colton and Maddox and the best Monster Jam ever!
Colton and Maddox and the best Monster Jam ever! | Source

Imaginations Run Wild

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the backyard arena on this unusually warm February day. For your enjoyment and entertainment we have two dare devil drivers who are sure to excite and thrill beyond your wildest expectations. This will be a premier monster truck event with Colton (5 years old) driving the Yellow Off road Bruiser (older than dirt) with a supercharged engine and big tires. The other competitor in today's event is Colton's kid brother and new to the circuit, Maddox, driving Black Jack a souped up garden cart (borrowed from Grandma) fine tuned with all the bells and whistles than can possibly be added. Neither of these two lads know "no fear" and push these incredible machines to their limits exhibiting driving skills that skirt the edge of insanity.

The course for the event has painstakingly been set by these two and include heart stopping jumps sure to excite the most avid monster truck fan. Each will drive the course as quickly as possible intertwining a figure 8, a figure 9, jump a jet airplane, a Greyhound bus, and finish with awesome donuts and a burnout which will require ground maintenance crews days to repair.

And so went my afternoon with my two grandsons. Vivid imaginations running wild. Giggles and laughing enough to warm the coldest heart. "Paw-Paw" say Ladies and Gentleman" again and again as they had their fun in my backyard with the toys only little boys love. I'm not so sure who has the biggest imagination them or me. I couldn't help but think as I played with them, how nice it is to be little boys and have an older brother. Sure they fuss and fight like most brothers. I think these are all a part of the growing up process learning how to get along and learning life lessons. Eventually, they will grow up and leave the toys for sports and an education at school but for now they have the freedom to enjoy just being boys.

I think my grandsons must be part amphibians, both love the mud and water and delight in spinning tires in puddles. Of course, all my scolding seems to fall on deaf ears as tees, blue jeans and sneakers become irreversibly tainted with mud and sand. Holes worn in the knees and boo boos that have had all the pain kissed away. When it's all done, shoes must be left on the carport and clothing stripped and little munchkins put into a warm bubble bath. Soon little eyes close while being held in strong arms and a a full tummy. The words."Paw-paw, I love you" are uttered candidly and spontaneous from lips which know only unconditional love. Sure makes a paw-paw proud.

The joys of being a grandparent cannot be adequately expressed in a few words. For me, it is the satisfaction of seeing my grandsons loving life, learning, and best of all to be a part of the fun they have when they come to our house. I know memories are being created and one day when I am dead and gone, I hope they will remember those afternoons when paw-paw took a make believe microphone and delivered the best introduction he could muster for two would be Monster Jam enthusiast.

Also the joy of seeing the modest things like learning how to tie their own shoes, whistle and ride a bicycle all bring maximum joy to the lives of grandparents. Those first little reading books and counting numbers while sitting on our laps make us proud and give encouragement, these high octane energetic little boys will soon be young men. Interests will change and they will no longer want to sit on paw-paws lap but for now, we are having the time of our lives.

Kids playing together building a lean to!

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Granddaughters

After almost seven years we were blessed with our first granddaughter, Brynlee Marie and just over a year later another granddaughter came into our life, Finley Kate. We love all our grandkids and the two girls have added so much to make our lives complete. Of course little girls are somewhat different but as babies the simple things like making bottles and changing diapers, special car seats for traveling all are a wonderful part of life.

Since both mommies work, we babysit on a regular basis so there is plenty of time to bond with each of them.They are one and nineteen months now so they can be a handful but there is so much joy watching them grow and especially interact with one another.

How exciting to watch as they learn to talk, walk and and cut those first teeth. Their curiosity is amazing and the terrible two are quickly coming. We are so blessed.

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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

This made me smile. Voted up and beautiful. :)


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

I love it, so will Colton and Maddox when they get older. Voted up +

kay


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

You make the mundane (to others) fascinating and enjoyable.

Lucky kids.

Bob


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping in and a smile is worth the effort.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you, Kay. My grand kids love being outside and I am thankful they are both healthy happy little boys, My Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you my friend. Always good to receive your comments.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I love being a grandma and can't wait for my grandsons to be old enough to play outside like yours! Another year or so!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful description of the joys of having grandchildren, Fiddleman. It sounds like there is a wonderful relationship between you and them.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

You're in for the ride of your life.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Love them boys.


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Dave Sibole 4 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

I too love making memories. Thanks for sharing your. You have a way with words.


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

LOL...In Africa, "Paw-Paw" is a fruit that American's call 'Papaya'. So imagine my delight when I read your Hub to discover another variety of Paw Paw.

Thanks for sharing a playful Hub that brings out the imaginative child in us all. Voted up.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Yes and the Paw-Paw was a big deal in Li'l Abner too. Thank you for stopping in to read and comment. You are a great writer.

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