Grandma Power

This is a repost from last summer which I've updated a bit. My Power as a Grandmother is all about family and memories. I share them from the past and make them for the future.
I spent summers with my grandma....and she gave me the greatest gift of all.....undivided time and attention. I cherish her lessons in proper English, perfect posture, writing thank-you notes and accepting responsibility for things I'd never be allowed to do at home. She let me walk to the corner market by myself and dig in the yard to plant seedlings wherever I wanted. Our childhood becomes a part of who we are.....and this is who I am today. I love being and doing grandmotherly things.....trying to be the same way with mine.

Summertime officially arrived……and I’m right in the middle of five grandkids as we settle in to watch Madagascar 3 at the local theater.  My older granddaughters were visiting for ten days and Gramps and I had a blast…..including the cousins whenever possible! We watched the 7 year old play ball on his All Star baseball team and spent hours in the pool with the Fab Five. Early morning, all afternoon, nighttime swims…..good thing they all keep a handful of suits at G & G’s house!  All five kids have learned to love the water in “Grandpa’s pool!”

The three older kids tried our community pool where they dived off the high boards……..pretty cool experience! The twins loved having a turn to spend the night; the older girls sharing makeup tips with the younger one and her twin brother holding his own with laugh out loud jokes and comedy routines!

The best moments were unplanned.....for every photo opportunity I had……there were serendipity moments that I captured in my heart.  Gramps and I would nudge each other as two or more kids snuggled in front of TV, offered  to clean our pantry , played Scrabble with my Flower, petted horses in a nearby pasture,  went outside waaaaaaay past bedtime to swirl nightsticks in the dark, or when one came into our room at 2 AM to say they’d had a nightmare! The teenager and twins cracking up at the same jokes; the 7 year old explaining to his older cousins how something worked!

Two funny things…….I admonished the bunch not to fuss at or hit each other while swinging their nightsticks……then smacked one right in the forehead to kill a mosquito! Ooooops!  Sorry, Dolly. 
They were so excited to swim at the cousins’ pool….but then spent the whole time finding and saving trapped frogs and tadpoles……..the photo says it best!



The biggest memory maker was getting Burney! The girls have 3 cats and a dog back home in California……..and since we lost our cat two winters ago…..they have wanted us to have another. So off we went to the Animal Shelter and adopted a handsome, friendly little guy who had been there for six months. From the moment we brought him home, they held him, played with him and loved him! They helped the Littles become comfortable with him and get used to his darting here and there and everywhere ….full of energy and curiosity!  Imagine G & G’s home filled with a 14yo, 10yo, 7yo and two 4yo’s….all of us entranced by this new addition to our family.   Priceless!

 Having the girls here meant so much……our house is filled with memories for them from when they lived here and from past summer and holiday visits! They love to reminisce and hear family stories!  Sometimes they’d go from sisterly squabbles to mature savvy shoppers!  I loved the spur-of-the-moment visit to the Mall where I had a peak into the future as these two young ladies considered price, quality and whether they really needed it! But it also reminded me to enjoy them as they are RIGHT NOW!  They are both off to uncharted territory this fall as they enter High School and Middle School!  

We've ridden horses, toured the aquarium, ice and roller skated, jumped at the bouncy places and learned to paddleboard together. This summer, the younger ones can join us for outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking. Another fun thing to try is zip-lining.....so if the big girls are willing, I'm going to be too!

I always say I learned to be a loving, attentive and involved grandma from my own grandmother! I loved going to her house for weeks at a time all the way through college…………..so I’m hoping these honey bunnies will want to keep coming back every summer no matter how old they get!





I’m sharing this post for the Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign, inspired by Tara Mohr and Paola Gianturco who are focusing on the collective power of grandmothers and older women all across the globe. Any blogger can contribute in the weeks ahead; tell us about women who have touched your life.




 

 


 
 

17 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm sure all those kids are going to held these memories close in their hearts for a long, long time to come. I had to chuckle at the smacking of the kiddo to get rid of the mosquito. Bet that moved shocked more than just him. Thank you for sharing this post filled with love on the GRAND Social! ♥

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  2. Ah what a nice post! Sounds like a very wonderful time :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa and Debra!

      DEBRA: I love your adorable pictures and the funny descriptions you wrote in your post about becoming a first time grandmother! Your photos helped me realize I need to use more; that kids' pics will always delignt another Grandma!

      Joan

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  3. It's hard letting them go isn't it. I feel the same way. My oldest is 14. So far he still comes everyday, says hi, gets something to eat and then heads out the door to ride bikes or scooters with neighborhood friends. I'm enjoying everyday, wondering when he'll be to cool for grandma's house. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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    1. I wonder the same thing! My 14 yo says she'll NEVER be embarrassed by Grandma.....but we'll see!
      Love YOUR blog, Kelley......your beautiful photos and quotes! You're so creative and talented with your photography and finding just the right words!

      Joan

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  4. Oh how delightful it sounds. I got to visit my long distance grandkids twice this year - once in the summer - and we, too, enjoyed fun times at their great pool. Plus plenty of easy crafts that make for great family memories. A delight all around. And boy, you are so right. Seems like time is on roller skates with jet engines any more, doesn't it!!! :) Blessings.

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    1. Thank you, Kaye.
      I look forward to spending alone time with the girls at their home; but also love it when they come here so I can have them all together!
      Joan

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  5. This is one of the most moments that I so wish that I had more than one grandchild! I know Grampy and I would be the same way you are - constantly nudging each other over all the cuteness! How old is Burney? SO cute! Loved this post.

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    1. Burney will be two years old soon. We were told "no charge" for an adult cat; but here an adult feline is any cat over 1 year of age! When we got him in June he was @ 18 months and VERY playful!!! He's starting to settle down now :)
      Those moments of cuteness never cease to delight us! Even the older girls manage to capture our hearts with their words, actions or accomplishments! :)

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  6. Woo-hoo! I'm so happy to see you joined the Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign! Love this post, love that your my fellow grandma. ♥

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    1. It's a great campaign! Thank you for posting it and getting us all involved!
      And thanks for your kinds words, Lisa!
      Joan

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  7. Love the giant chocolate chip coookie! Only at Grandma's!

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    1. For sure! Parents gave up long ago on "don't spoil the kids" LOL
      That's part of the grandparent deal, I tell them! It's like a law or something, right?!?
      Thanks for reading!
      Joan

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  8. I loved this post the first time around. Thanks for updating it for this Power as a Grandmother special blogging event.

    Marion
    The Grandma Chronicles
    http://grandmachronicles.com

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    1. Thank YOU, for the great support and kind words!
      I so enjoy your page and blog as well, Marion!
      Joan

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  9. Wonderful memories from your childhood and you are helping to make the same for your grandchildren. I think the best memorial a grandmother can have is that a grandchild smiles when they think about you or hear your name. I know I'd be very happy if I achieved that. Your grandchildren are lucky to have you in their lives and I'm sure they know it.

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  10. Thank you. They still get excited coming to my house....and I hope they'll still want to visit me in the old folks home! LOL
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Joan

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