It is extremely quiet since the grandkids were returned home yesterday. There is something special about these relationships. A trust that is unlike anything else. As much as I am tired, I miss the sense of wonder and the honest love that children bring into our lives.
We wrapped up our visit with a trip to mine for gems. Each child came out with a quart sized bag of various minerals. They loved discovering something beautiful as the water washed away the dirt. Later in the day we washed them all and laid them out to dry. Our 9 year old found all my books on mineral and gem identification and went about trying to identify all of the rocks she now had in her possession.
Friday night we watched one of my favorite Disney films: “The Three Lives of Thomasina”. We chose it because the grandchildren were so enthralled with the neighbor’s cat. It is an older classic which many people have never heard of or have never seen. I see someone posted the video on YouTube, but here is the trailer for those of you that have never seen it, or for those of you that loved it like I did.
I normally monitor my blog comments rather closely, but since it was a busy week, I had not done so for a while. I had the normal spam comments, but there were also comments from bloggers who I have previously approved for automatic posting to my blog. I approved the comments and indicated to WordPress they were NOT spam I. Hopes it does something with the algorithm in hopes it does not happen again.
I am still working on a short story although last week my efforts were thwarted by lack of time. Perhaps I will make progress this week.
In two weeks we may go stay a few days with our daughter at a house they are renting for their family vacation. A change of scenery sounds nice.
Today my daughter and her family are flying to New Jersey for a family vacation with her wife’s family. My granddaughter is taking her first plane ride and I am hoping it all goes well and becomes a happy memory for her. She will get to meet her great-grandmother on this trip and that will be an amazing experience for the entire family. Four generations to celebrate!
We will be staying with our oldest grandson and the dogs while his parents take a trip to Ireland in September. He will be back in school starting his senior year in high school. It just does not seem possible. He started coming to stay a week with us in the summer when he was 4.
I am looking forward to my Sunday night call with friends. I hope they are going to be available!
My takeaways this week:
- We all need to be heard. Maybe that is why we blog. Children need this, too.
- Unexpected, uplifting mail is a treasure. Thank you, Lauren.
- My grandchildren were delighted to see food growing in the garden and then eating it!
- Fresh fruits (especially peaches) are more delectable than prepared sweets.
- Having a purpose for our lives is vastly important.
- The light is shifting. Summer is preparing her curtsy before her departure.
- This blog may be the first time I have written the word curtsy.
- Simple pleasures are the best by far. At least in my world.