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Poems for My Young Granddaughters

Updated on April 21, 2017
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My background includes an  MBA, which I earned while working in the travel industry. I have traveled in South America, Europe and Asia.

A Young World Travel

Sophia has spent her life as an ex-pat in Europe and Asia due to her father’s work. It is amazing to think of the experiences that this child has accumulated over her short life span. She has walked with elephants in Thailand, been up close and personal with monkeys in Bali, survived rides in tuk tuks in Cambodia, and surfed in Vietnam. That doesn’t include the scores of European cathedrals and Buddhists temples she has visited. Still, she is just a little girl who delights in riding her bicycle around our neighborhood and picking strawberries at the local farms when she visits Connecticut. She embraces each experience with enthusiasm and childhood delight. I hope she will remember as an adult her visits with her grandparents as well as her worldwide travels

Sophia's Summer in America


Swan Boats and Carousels in the park

Fireworks at the beach after dark

Learning to ride a bike on the road

Talking with Gram in our special code

Making muffins and cookies to share with all

Bounce U with Elise and scarcely a fall

Lots of playgrounds where to play

Something new everyday

Whales and seals, and turtles, too

Never a lack of things to do

But best of all, the riding stable

And finding out I really am able

To trot and to post and to guide my horse

Proud Mama and Daddy were watching, of course

Grandparents, aunties and cousins galore

So many memories, maybe next year even more!

Pink Tutu for my young Ballet Dancer
Pink Tutu for my young Ballet Dancer

Childhood Pleasures

Elise who was born in Europe, moved to Asia as an infant. China has been her home. Visiting the United States in the summer is a special treat. It is hard to top the experiences she has had in her travels throughout the world, but she seems to find great pleasure in very mundane activities that any 3 year old would enjoy such as running through a sprinkler, grabbing the hose and spraying her grandparents! Watching a chipmunk through the kitchen window, helping Gram mix pancake batter, or rolling down a small hill in the back yard….. all bring a big smile to her face.

A Poem for Elise


I am a ballet dancer in my pink tutu

I like to dress like Katie Perry, too!

I climb and jump and love the slide,

But the very best is the carousel ride.

At the playground I wear my gummy socks

And at the beach we put shells in a box

But when I gaze up to the sky

I love to see airplanes pass by

The moon is up there and I see

All shapes of clouds staring down at me.

One day at Gram’s I looked through the glass

And saw a tiny lion running through the grass

There are so many things I like to see and do

One day I hope you will come with me, too


Elise, Sophia and me enjoying a walk together in Guangzhou
Elise, Sophia and me enjoying a walk together in Guangzhou

Sophia's Sketch

Self Portrait at age 6 years.
Self Portrait at age 6 years. | Source

Be Careful What you Teach your Children!

My father read to me about adventures in the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands and Patagonia. He encouraged me to embrace the world, and to travel more than he. So, I joined the Peace Corps, to my parents dismay, and volunteered in Colombia, South America.

As a parent, I encouraged my children to explore the world and took them on trips to a number of places in the United States, Europe, Canada, Colombia and the Caribbean.

Now, as a grandparent, I wish my children lived within 10 miles of our house so that we could see them often!

Our little granddaughters have experienced so very much of this world, I wonder what they will do as adults and where they will send THEIR children……space travel perhaps?

Elise and her mom exploring the beach in Phu Quoc Vietnam  April 2017
Elise and her mom exploring the beach in Phu Quoc Vietnam April 2017 | Source

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      Elliot Olster 7 months ago

      This is so nice.... I am sure you are glad you did it (wrote this) and I am sure your children and grandchildren will enjoy reading it (or have their parents read it to them) .. They really have traveled a lot and experienced a lot, especially for little children. I am sure they will continue to amaze you as they grow and do even more.

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      Shelley H Cruz 7 months ago from Northford, CT

      Thank you Terrielynn! Grandchildren are special, indeed!

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      Terrie Lynn 7 months ago from Canada

      I love it. I am planing a special trip with my grandchildren. I can hardly wait to take them on our adventure. Aren't they wonderful.

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      Shelley H Cruz 7 months ago from Northford, CT

      The "tiny lion" was actually a chipmunk, but Elise had never seen a chipmunk and made the remarkable association...

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      Louise Powles 7 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's beautiful poetry for your Grandchildren. =)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry is beautiful. I have four grandchildren. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for the follow. Happy to follow you...

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      Fiddleman 7 months ago

      Sweet poem and your love so simply expressed yet noble. Thanks for sharing. I have two sweet little granddaughters and they are the joy of my life.