Nannie's Little Apple
The reason why I smile
Overnight with nannie
Nannie's Little Apple
Oh, you are overwhelmingly precious,
and bring out all the good in me,
your smile can melt a thousand hearts,
and that laughter can chase away the blues.
You are nannies little boy,
and every one can see
just how much you mean to me.
The golden face of daffodils,
the frost bite blue of the forest bluebell,
cannot fade away your bloom.
You are the moon and the stars,
the ocean waves and the sea.
You are nannies little apple,
the apple in my eye.
The magic of a family Christmas,
the Easter bunny in my adult world,
and my Mother’s Day surprise.
The whole of me is privileged
to know such a wondrous child.
Behind your eyes is a story,
of lovely childhood dreams,
that nannies and grandson’s share,
and can always make the future real.
Through spiders webs and whispers,
you are the element of surprise.
Yet in God’s good will and love,
you sparkle with your smile,
which always captivates my heart.
I love you little man,
you are more than nannies cup of tea.
From within this ageing heart,
you are my one delight,
my breath, my light, my day, my night,
because of your sweet face
I smile every day with ease.
A grandson is a precious gift, our future on this earth,
so no matter what life throws at you, he is the reason for re-birth.
Put me down
Didn't I do well?
Callum and Teddy Nutkin
This is the second story written for my grandson. It is not published yet, and with the help of my lovely friend Sunnie Day, who has graciously offered her services to draw the illustrations, it will be a joy for Callum to treasure.
Teddy Nutkin looked out from his window seat in nannies bedroom, and thought how lucky he was that Santa had given him a new chance in life. He looked at his beautiful red ribbon, and shining gold bell around his neck and smiled to himself. (1st illustration)
Last Christmas had been a very exciting time for the entire household, and he was so proud to have been part of it. You see, it had been Callum’s first Christmas, and Teddy had been allowed to stay and play with Callum for many years to come.
Autumn leaves are falling from the trees today, and Teddy really admired the beautiful colours of red and gold. He marvelled at the many times he had seen this sight before, but it still made him feel happy. Teddy was feeling a little old and tired too, after all, he had been nannies faithful teddy bear for many years. His little mind was full of beautiful memoires, and he thanked Santa Claus for bringing him to nannies house when she was a little girl.
He breathed on his little golden bell and wiped it with his soft paw, until it shone and caught the daylight catching shadows on the wall paper. (2nd illustration)
“I am a lucky teddy bear,
sitting on the seat,
the sunshine is glowing warm
on everyone I meet”
he sang to himself totally unaware that Callum had crept up behind him.
“Boooo,” shouted Callum, “come on Teddy, we are going to play in the garden, come on I can’t wait” and Callum took hold of teddy and swung him under his arm. (3rd illustration)
Teddy smiled fondly at Callum admiring the little boy’s fair hair.
“I am a happy teddy bear
going out to play
we will sit on the swing
and keep the rain away”
“Callum and Teddy,” mummy shouted “have you got your coats on, it is cold outside?” but Callum and Teddy raced out of the door unconcerned about the cold chill in the air. Callum threw Teddy into a pile of fallen leaves that felt so damp, and the two of them shouted with delight as they played together. Mummy looked on from the kitchen window and shook her head, “Silly children” she said, “they will regret it when they both have caught colds.” (4th illustration)
Oh yes, you see, mummy knew Teddy Nutkin’s secret too, he was alive! Mummy remembered how as a little girl she and Teddy Nutkin had become great friends. She distinctly remembered the first time she had heard him talk,
“I am a sad teddy bear
sitting on the shelf
please come play with me
I have no one else.”
“Oh my” mummy had said, as she looked into Teddy Nutkin’s sad eyes. “You can come and play in the doll’s house with me.” Teddy wrinkled his nose at the thought of playing with the dolls, but mummy’s smile made up for the worrying thoughts he had inside his head. (5th illustration)
“Callum, don’t be so rough with Teddy,” mummy shouted. “You will pull his arm off swinging him around like that, he is a very old and special teddy bear.”
“OK mummy, I will be kind,” shouted Callum, smiling at Teddy Nutkin. Teddy smiled back and the two of them started to kick in the damp leaves, and their laughter filled the garden. (6th illustration)
“I am a happy teddy bear,
Playing in the leaves,
Callum and I are boys
And we will go climbing in the trees.”
Callum heard a familiar car drive into the drive way, “Come on Teddy Nutkin, daddy is home, let’s go and surprise him.”
Callum and Teddy ran over to the garden fence and climbed up just in time to see daddy get out of the car, he was carrying some groceries that mummy had asked him to bring home from work with him. (7th illustration)
“Booo” shouted Callum and Teddy. Daddy was so surprised that he dropped the eggs out of the shopping bag, and they went Splat all over the pavement.
“Now look what you have made me do, silly boys, what will mummy say now with no eggs for tea?”
Sure enough, there on the pavement was a pile of broken egg shells, the yellow yolks all runny and split, and daddy looked so cross that Teddy Nutkin ran and hid behind a branch on the old ash tree. (8th illustration)
“Go inside the house now Callum,” daddy shouted, “You can explain to mummy why we have no eggs to go with the chips for tea.”
“I am a naughty little teddy bear,
just trying to have fun,
daddy is so cross now
all the eggs are gone.”
Teddy Nutkin stayed behind the ash tree too afraid to come out. (9th illustration)
“What is all the shouting about.” Nannie looked so alarmed. “There is no point in crying over broken eggs, and why is Teddy Nutkin hiding behind the ash tree? Nannie held Teddy very close and could have almost believed that he was trembling with the cold. Teddy loved to be cuddled, it made him feel safe and wanted, and it had been a long time since nanny had held him so sweetly.
“I am a warm teddy bear
Cuddled in nannies arms
Such happy memories I have
To keep my heart warm.” (10th illustration)
Inside the house mummy laughed to see daddy in such a rage. “Don’t worry daddy, I have more eggs in the fridge.”
Callum sat very quietly at the table and mummy looked at him with so much love.
“go and get teddy from nannie, and wash your hands,” she said softly.
Callum rushed out into the garden almost knocking teddy and nannie over. “Come on teddy, it is nearly tea time, egg and chips, my favourite, hmmm mmm, “he said.
Callum sat teddy in his high seat at the table and sat down next to him just in time for mummy to put the tea out. “now eat carefully teddy, and enjoy your food.” Mummy winked at Teddy Nutkin and teddy winked back and smiled, picked up his knife and fork and started to eat.
“I am a lucky teddy bear
Living with Callum and mummy,
today the rain came out
but tomorrow will be sunny.” (11th illustration)