This conversation revolves around Adam, who is eight and the baby of our family. He is in second grade. We "grand sat" recently while his parents were at a conference.
He listened well all evening, he complained only about a hole in his sock. At bedtime he told me the rules.
" Grandma, I get tucked in, we cuddle and talk about what we are going to do tomorrow, then I say my prayers and you listen." OK..I can do that. We talk about the next day and how difficult he is to wake up..and that I am going to let Chance wake him up by washing his face. He blesses everyone in the whole Universe..he wouldn't want to leave anyone out. I am dismissed, "Grandma, you can go now, turn down the light, but don't turn it off."
The next morning he is a bear, well I am a bear in the morning too..I like to wake up on my own. I have been awakened by the tween boy child taking a half an hour shower. He is an early riser and likes to be up for one hour and forty five minutes before he leaves for school. The bear must be snappy as he has only forty five minutes. "I want Strawberry Pop Tarts Grandma" No Luck..he has to settle for Toaster Strudel and chocolate milk. "I want socks without holes in them" "My Dad put Noah's pants in my drawer again..geesh..he always messes it up." "Don't look Grandma..I have to change these pants." "I am not looking Adam, my eyes are closed tight..now lets hustle."
At the table, I load them up with stuff for lunch..they pack their own lunch bags. Adam says " Today I am taking all my stuffed animals to school." I said "I don't think so, pick one and put it in your backpack." We banter back and forth. Noah said "He is just trying to pull one over on you Grandma." He stuffed two in his backpack..
After school, I asked "How was your day?" " Fine, but I got a hole in my sock" He was elated when I told him that he and I were staying home while Noah and Grandpa went to guitar lessons. He had a friend over to play. They played well..it was one of his trouble maker friends. But we had no trouble.
At bedtime, Adam told me "I have something that has been bothering me for a long time. It is my friend, he does stuff and then gets me in trouble, I get blamed for stuff he does." There were big alligator tears..the ones that just well up and make your eyes look all glassy. I suggested that his friend was a troublemaker, and that Adam should just keep his distance. "But Grandma, he doesn't have any friends." 'Well Adam, maybe if he realized that his behavior is losing him friends..he will wake up." "But he is really funny Grandma, sometimes he does stuff to make you laugh." In Class?? "Yes, I am tired now Grandma." We have to remember to read tomorrow Adam..would you like to read Grandma some of the Dumb Bunny Books? "Sure, I am really tired." He said his prayers, again blessing everyone in the entire universe. He said "You can turn the light down now, see ya tomorrow..my Mom and Dad are coming home tomorrow..Right? " "Right Adam..tomorrow they will be home."
Socks seem to be high on your priority list when you are in second grade..and friends. His favorite books are the Dumb Bunny Books by Dav Pilkey, if you have a first or second grader in your family I suggest you purchase a set. They are some of the funniest children's books I have ever read, and they are fun to read aloud to your Grandma:)
Great moments that you will always remember.
Oh my, Connie, he's quite a handful, and it seems you were right there with him the whole way. I loved this story about grand-sitting. Never heard of Dumb Bunny stories but I'll look at them when I go to the bookstore... I pass through the children's section with interest, but I never know what to look at.
Aren't they grand when they are young. Enjoy! You won my give away. Please e-mail me your address! You have a good day.
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What a neat kid! It's amazing what they say if we just take the time to listen. My grand daughter asked me why cactuses have those prickly things on them. I said, "I don't know." She said, "its so the animals won't drink the water from the cactus....duh....your NOT SMARTER THAN A FIRST GRADER!" That's my lit'l stinker!
Love conversations with the grandkids. Go buy the boy some socks!
So sweet! Second grade - - when life was a whole lot simpler! The kids are fortunate you live close and can be with them. Grandparents are the best people in life.
Such handsome young guys!! Don't you just love the way kids think. It is pure and simple without a lot of fluff. Adam is quite a conversationalist too - much take after his grandma. No doubt you are a very proud of him. He is a fantastic kid.
What a sweet post and I love your photos. Grandkids are the best!
Precious grands! Such sweet memories to cherish.
What a little sweetheart! He definitely needs some new socks!
Such precious conversations between him and Grandma...thanks so much for sharing them! He sounds like a sweet and sensitive boy!
What a lovely 8-yr-old! My son just turned seven and always has holes in his socks too!
They say that grandparents seem to be more loving to their grandkids than to their kids. I love the pics and I definitely enjoyed reading this post. It's always a joy seeing love emanates in different ways.
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Gotta love em'. I had some sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers left from the 4th of July that I let the boys play with while here. Ethan, my 12 year old asked me for some black tape and as I was gettin' it for him he says " unless your not OK with me makin' a sparkler bome!" He knew better, just did it for my reaction.
You have beautiful grandchildren, Connie.
Don't you love boys!! It's a wonderful time...I miss the simplicity of those days when my son was younger.
Sweet stuff, very sweet stuff.
I think I have a pair of sock just like that.
Why don't we just throw them away?
We are very lucky, those of us who live next to our grandchild.
He is a doll and kind hearted and can't figure out how to keep his friend and also get his friend to be a better person.
I love this post!! Was kind of like I was there!! I love the term "grand sit". I will have to remember to use it!!
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