Thursday, March 8, 2012

THE FIRST GRANDCHILD: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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You might find your life's destination better if you understand
PERFECT LOVE SOMETIMES DOES NOT COME UNTIL THE FIRST GRANDCHILD
Welsh Proverb

MOST GRANDPAS HAVE A TOUCH OF THE SCALLYWAG - Helen Thompson


This picture, above, is my favorite picture of my seven oldest grandchildren.  The little one on the right, Jillian Elizabeth, is now through college, working on her second year for her master's degree and is married.  The oldest, Jennifer, on the left, is married with two daughters, and the oldest grandson, Jon, the boy on the left, is married and has three boys and a girl.  All have their college degrees, two remain unmarried.

Bethany, the second from the left, has her master's degree, is an accomplished artist, a trice published author and married to a great guy who is a doctor.

Thankfully, I still have two young grandchildren, Riley and Delaney Rose, aged 11 and 13.  The picture of Riley on the left is of his second football league championship.  This year he was the "shooting" guard on a championship basketball team.

GRANDPA'S LITTLE ROSEBUD
The Good Witch!
WHEN GRANDPARENTS ENTER THE DOOR,
DISCIPLINE FLYS OUT THE WINDOW

Ogden Nash

I am sorry that I do not have a picture of the event that this cartoon, from a friend in California, that brings to my mind when Jennifer, the first grandchild, was maybe two, or less.   Her parents, Mark and Mary Kay, my son and his wife, made a camping trip to Disney World with my wife Julie and I.

Jenny was such a joy!  Barely walking, she entertained all those in line for attractions by dancing and singing, round and round.  Everyone laughed and laughed.


Back at the campground in our travel trailer, I was keeping Jenny while the others were away.  Outside was all sand, but very dirty.  Sand none-the-less.  Jenny learned to use her little shovel and fill her little bucket with sand, then, ever so slowly, pour out the sand.  She was fascinated!  She would repeat the operation time after time.  I thought "Easy Baby Sitting" until my wife Julie came home and saw how dirty Jen was.  Sternly explaining the need to keep children clean, she showered Jennifer before her parents returned. I saw the error of my ways.  SURE I DID!  When did children stop playing in the dirt, I'd like to know?

PERFECT LOVE SOMETIMES DOES NOT COME U NTIL THE FIRST GRANDCHILD
Welsh Proverb

I have so many memories of each of my grandchildren.  Most important, we are still building memories.  Jillian, seen here having dinner with Grandpa at the families lakeside retreat with her dad, Mark, and husband, Tim.

She is planning her second trip, as an adult, to our beach front condo in Myrtle Beach with her husband Tim and her older sister, Jessi.  That will be a special time for Julie and I.


JENNIFER TODAY?
  Graduated from college
Into management with CVS
Married to Mike
Mother of two lovely daughters.

STILL A DELIGHT TO HER GRANDPA!
Playing in the dirt did not damage our relationship, huh Jenny?
Neither did painting up like an Indian for a winter "camp in".


GRANDCHLDREN ARE GOD'S WAY OF COMPENSATING US FOR GROWING OLD
Mary H. Waldrip

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GOD BLESS THE USA

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