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Let’s hear it for Grandmas!!!

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Maddy, Jakey, Grandma LindaOllie & Gaga

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There are many things I love about Facebook friends and one of those things is maintaining connections with friends even when we live clear across the country from one another.  I love looking at pictures of my friends’ grandchildren, children, pets, gardens, and their travels. This post is to salute those grandmas who give so much of their time to ensure their grandchildren have a loving environment when their parents are busy at work.

I have friends who are grandmas who babysit their grandchildren on a regular basis. It’s easy to see by the sparkle in those grandmas’ eyes that their grandchildren are the light of their life. I admire these women tremendously because not only do they take care of their grandchildren, they both manage to maintain their own busy personal lives as well.

My friend, Linda, pictured at the top of the page, is an incredibly busy graphologist, which is a handwriting analyst for those who did not read my interview with Linda a few months back.  In basic courses she teaches students who start out being interested in learning about themselves, so their study of handwriting analysis may start as a hobby but then they  may want to pursue a career using graphology. In the international online sessions  Linda conducts weekly, there are all levels of expertise with participants pursuing a variety of goals; some are hobbyists, some are experts who make a living with graphology, others are working toward a certification in handwriting analysis. My point is that Linda is a woman involved in many activities, and yet she finds time to take care of her grandchildren when her own children need her. If anyone recalls how very demanding young children can be, they can appreciate how admirable that is.

My friend, Jackie, is in the lower pictures. She not only takes care of her grandchildren, but  she wasn’t quite ready to entirely give up the teaching profession when she retired so she substitute teaches part-time. I substitute taught before I became a full-time teacher, and trust me, there are very few jobs as challenging and tiring as  a substitute teacher. So it’s easy to understand the admiration and respect I have for these women. I asked them to share some of their ‘favorite’ stories about them and their grandchildren.

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Grandma Stories

(Jackie)

I’m the on and off babysitter because of my substitute teaching.  Grandpa John, above, is  inseparable with the youngest .  The youngest is like having a little Shirley Temple around.  She has her cute little sayings…she loves to tell about the “Wolf”!  “Little Pig, Little Pig, let me come in! Or I’ll huff and puff and blow your house in!”  Then she tells about the pigs’ answer and then blows as hard as she can.  It is priceless! John and I love to see her come out dressed up in princess dresses and high heels.  She loves the “Frozen” dolls, Ann and Elsa right now.  When they took her to Subway to eat, she got a little “Frozen” purse bag with her lunch.  She thought she’d received the prize of all prizes!  Grandpa John loves to take her to Savemart to get free cookies.

The two older girls are  so much fun to watch growing up.  It is like watching our daughter grow up all over again!  Jen got their report cards yesterday.  They both had a super report card!  I love to watch all their performances.  The baton and dance competitions are so much fun!  I guess you could say that there are the moments when John is called upon (about once a week) to go and look for Julia’s glasses.  Freiler has called to say Julia does not have her glasses.  She still wears her contacts, but switches off.  I suppose you could call us the “on call” grandparents. LOL!  I tell John that they are our babies, too. Well, Brenda, I could go on and on . . .

Grandma Stories

(Linda)

 

Ollie (14 months) and “Gaga”

 

I care for Ollie two days per week now. Garbage day is one of Ollie’s favorites.  When he hears the big trucks coming, he starts making excited noises to go watch them dump the garbage.  He has a “dog-dog” named Tanner who he is getting to know better, now that he can walk.  He chases Tanner, puts his food in his water, gives Tanner all kinds of gifts on his bed, including Mum Mums, toys, and books.  Tanner gives the warning growl, not too sure of what Ollie will try to do next, and Ollie, having no fear at all, just laughs at him.  His must hold on to Tanner’s leash as we walk to the park and swings, another favorite.  Even though Ollie can’t talk yet, he knows how to respond when I ask, “Are you done?” He just energetically shakes his head NO, so I just give him another push on the swing as his face lights up with a big smile. He loves for me to sing and rock him to sleep and, when he awakens, he stands up in his crib and says, “GA GA”.

 

Maddy (6), Jakey (3) and Grandma Linda

 

I cared for Maddy daily until she was one year old. We loved taking our daily walks to the bagel shop about a mile away.  Maddy, too, loved garbage day when we could watch all the trucks at work dumping the big garbage cans which were all along our walking route.  The people at the bagel shop loved her visits and the owner made special small bagels for her, even though she could only just chew on them.

Last summer, when Maddy and Jakey were out of school, I cared for them two days per week.  We loved feeding the huge flock of geese at the park, making trips to the library, reading books, swimming and baking.  One of the funny things they used to do while getting ready for bed was to take all their clothes off and run back and forth through the house until they were exhausted.  Well, guess what.  Now that Ollie can run, he has been doing the same thing at his house, running naked in the hallway after his bath with his monkey hooded towel hanging from his head like a cape.  It’s hilarious!

It’s wonderful to hear these stories about some amazing experiences these grandmas have shared with their grandchildren. I’m sure there are some grandmas out there who are like me and do not live close to their grandchildren. We still have our precious moments with our grandchildren, and maybe we treasure them even more because they do not occur so frequently. I just know that I see so many postings of the grandchildren of my friends on Facebook and I can relate to the pride and joy they feel in sharing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

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