- Family and Parenting
The Joys of Grandchildren
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!
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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