i spent a lot of time with my grandparents as a kid.
i lived near them, and my mom & i spent years living with them,
my mom cared for them once they became elderly.
my grandpa rocked.
he was a painter, poet, and gardener.
i remember spending so much time with him, by his side,
in his gardens. between gardening and life,
he was always ready to share his latest joke or
poetry with those we crossed paths with.
nowadays, my kids are often found
reading his poetry journals, and sharing his humor.
every year at grandparents day at school,
my grandpa would be honored with the certificate,
i was so embarrassed…
then he would share some classic joke about aging…
with everyone laughing,
i instantly knew i had the coolest grandpa in the world.
he grew beautiful flowers at home,
and he cared for a vegetable garden at
the local methodist church.
i share my love of gardening, with him.
here i am, snuggled up by him on christmas eve…
current day: my mom lives in the guest house behind our home.
my kids run back & forth from home to grandma’s cottage.
the younger munchkins love having sleepovers at grandma’s…
kj tells me,
“grandma loves me so much…
because she gives me a band-aid every time i get hurt!”
my rule: no blood, no band-aid!
there can be challenges having my mom living with us…
at times, i might be so frustrated over something,
you could pop me with a pin just like a balloon.
but, when the cards are all laid out on the table,
i wouldn’t trade anything or anyone for
my moms place in my life.
i learned a lot from my grandparents as a kid,
i know my kids are learning from their grandma, too.
a big dose of christmas spirit has settled in my bones,
which is what sent me looking for the picture above…
i’m starting to prepare just little things,
small, fun, festive projects. planning parties…
are you thinking about Christmas???
have a beautiful labor-day weekend!!!
my desktop computer is headed in to it’s master
for updates, and happiness…
i may be m.i.a. for a bit-
but, i’ll be back…
with lots of christmas ideas, too!