Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

My two older sisters have both passed away in the last few years.

I miss them so very much!

Linda

Kristy and Debbie

I have become a Grandma three times over since then, and their children have each had babies since they have passed away.

Being a Grandma and being nostalgic just seem to go hand-in-hand 🙂

Lately I have found myself becoming a little nostalgic and wistful as I watch their grand babies grow.

My sisters were amazing moms.  I just know they would have loved being Grandmas to these sweet little girls….

Sophia

Abigail

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One is better than none

One of life’s valuable lessons seen through the eyes of a five-year old.

Sometimes, one thing is better than nothing at all.

I have the joy of taking care of my grand kids every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.  In an effort to keep them busy, and not totally bored, I’ve been taking them to the park for a few hours each time. My backyard is more of a garden than a playground, so it just makes for a happier grandma to take them to the park.

So the other day when we were getting ready to go, the request was made to go to the “Pirate Park”.  The “Pirate Park”? Where is that? Well, a quick text to Dad, and the mystery was solved! Thank goodness for text messaging.  It made this Grandma seem pretty smart!

So, off we went to discover a new and exciting park!

I got the drinks ready, but I forgot the snacks this time. Trust me, that won’t happen again! Last minute trips to the bathroom, shoes on, and we’re ready to go!

Everybody on the bus! (The nickname the kids have given to Grandpa’s car.)

Excitedly driving to our destination, with great anticipation of getting to play at the “Pirate Park”.  We drive up to the park, and the gate is closed.

It’s locked.  Closed for repairs.  Really? But this is the park we wanted to go to! Today!

A temporary moment of great disappointment is quickly adverted when my granddaughter says: “That’s o.k. Grandma, we can still go to another park, because one park is better than no park, even if it’s not the one that we wanted to go to“.

A valuable life lesson she is learning from her parents.

Even though we don’t get everything that we want, well..somethimes, one really is better than nothing at all.

Lunch with the little guy

I’ve been invited to join my grandson for lunch at his school today.  Oh what an adventure this will be! (I’ll probably have to follow-up with pictures of this event on another post!) 🙂

He’s in the second grade, an amazing little guy, and I love him with all my heart!

He’s always on the lookout for “treasure”. A reminder to me that I can find “good stuff” in the most unusual places, I just have to keep looking!

Below is a little story that reminds me so much of my grandson.  He didn’t say this….but he could have been who the story was about!

“I was out walking with my grandson. He picked up something off of the ground and started to put it in his mouth. I took the item away from him and I asked him not to do that.

“Why?” my grandson asked.

“Because it’s been on the ground; you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty, and probably has germs. Sometimes germs make little boys sick and not feel good” I replied.

At this point, my grandson looked at me with total admiration and asked, “Grandma, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.”

I was thinking quickly and said to him, “All Grandmas know stuff. It’s on the Grandma Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Grandma.”

We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently pondering this new information. “Oh…I get it! He beamed, so if you don’t pass the test you have to be the Grandpa.”

“Exactly,” I replied with a big smile on my face.”   – Author, Unknown

My grandson frequently brings a big smile to my face too!

I’m really looking forward to lunch with the little guy!

Long distance Grandma

Next month we will be celebrating our second grandsons 1st birthday!

I was so excited for his arrival, but I was also a little reticent at the prospect of being a “long distance Grandma.” I was afraid that I would miss out on all the special moments and changes that happen in the first few months of this little guys life.

If ever there was a time that I would want to be in two places at one time, this was it.

Since the day he was born, there have been multiple pictures, face time sessions, and frequent visits either by car or by train.

It’s the life of a “long distance Grandma”, but I’m pretty sure that as a result of these efforts, when he saw me last week-end, and his little eyes lit up, it was because he knew who I was!

And once again…my heart melted.

I’m so glad we have made the effort to be committed to the priority of connection across the miles.
I have to admit it though…I would still like to live closer to him.