Special Time with Grandpa

Grandma Kc wrote this on November 4th, 2013 20 Replies

One of the best parts of being a local Grandma is that I get to do the everyday stuff. I love that I often get to take Amara to school or pick her up afterwards, sometimes by myself and sometimes with her Mommy. While Grampy is a local Grandpa, he doesn’t get the luxury of doing those things whenever he wants to because Grampy works. He has attended a lot of the special events at Amara’s school that have been held in the evening but it isn’t very often that he gets to do the everyday stuff so when he does it is extra special for both him and Amara. For me, too.

Grampy was off work last week so we schemed with Mommy to pick Amara up on Wednesday which is her early off day. We planned to pick her up and just bring her home for a few hours and then take her home again. Grampy stood a bit behind me as Amara and some of the other students came out of the classroom to get their book bags. Amara looked at me before turning to grab her bag. She turned back with a look on her face that said, “Did I just see something out of place?” “Was that Grampy?” and she ran to give him a big hug before quickly returning to her classroom. Oh the grin on his face! They were dismissed a few minutes later and Grampy and I went inside so that he could see her new classroom and meet her teacher. Such simple things but so wonderful for all of us. We were all the way back to the car before it dawned on her “Where is Mommy?” After the emergency Vet trip when I had to pick her up that is usually the first question out of her mouth when she sees me unexpectedly. Grampy had her very distracted. I don’t know which one of them was more excited!

We came home and the three of us sat on the couch as Amara reviewed for us one of her library books, “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”. We went through it page by page. We bought ice cream bars from the ice cream man. We looked for lizards and checked Grandma’s new plants and before we knew it our afternoon was over and it was time for me to take her home. Amara dramatically grabbed Grampy by the neck and whined “But I won’t see you again for weeks!” To which I countered, “Amara, you’re spending the night this weekend!” She and Grampy both gave out shouts of joy.

Amara hugging Grampy

It was just a nice ordinary afternoon made extraordinary by the fact that Grampy could be the center of it.

20 thoughts on “Special Time with Grandpa

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    What an honor to have Grampy be part of the ordinary everyday. I bet it was a fun glimpse into what the hours are like while he’s away. Such a treat for all of you. And the smile on the faces of Amara and Grampy prove it was THE most perfect treat. Love the sharing.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You really can tell from this picture what a special relationship the two of them have – one he has been working on since she was born!

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  2. Joyce

    This is so beautiful in its simplicity! While I remember the specifics of sewing and baking projects I did with my grandma, it is the times just spent playing at her house with grandpa also sitting there and watching me that I am most fond of. Your family has an enviable relationship with each other. Don’t you sometimes wonder what is wrong with people who bicker over the dumbest things and deprive their children of beautiful experiences like this one?!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Exactly! And it is the grandchildren who will suffer and miss out on the most. As Amara and Grampy are fond of saying, “Dude, that’s just wrong!”

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  3. Vickie

    Special times and special memories! I am also the one to pick my grandchildren up from school on short days, or when they are sick, as my husband is also still working. But, when he does have time to devote to the grandchildren, they are stuck to him like glue! There is such a special bond between them, sometimes I get a bit jealous! Not really. Well, maybe. Sometimes. :)

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  4. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Grandchildren really only want your time and your undivided attention. The financial cost is zero and the memories you share from this wonderful time spent together will last long after they are out on their own and will allow you to smile whenever you recall these special times. Way to go Grampy!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I couldn’t have said it better! She has him wrapped around her finger and all she wants is his attention — well and mine, too! I am so glad we have each other to share her.

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  5. Connie

    Being part of ordinary life is the best part. My G kids know about what time Papa comes home and they start asking for him!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We think we are pretty lucky — we also have a great relationship with her parents. Not sure we could have one without the other.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We did! There were 2 lizards that were either playing chase/tag or they were doing some kind of lizard mating dance. I have got to some research about them. We got some great pictures and the one is very boring brown and the other has beautiful turquoise diamonds down his back. Based on most animals I figure the pretty one is the male and the brown one is the female. I think there are 5 of them all together, one of them is very little! Who ever thought that lizards could be so entertaining!

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  6. debra@ HOMESPUN

    I hope the lizards were running around outside. LOL I think if I had to worry about finding lizards in the house I would have a hard time…not used to that here.

    What a fun story and the photo of the two of them is precious : )

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      These lizards were all outside playing on the brick wall out back HOWEVER… I have been surprised by one of them in the house more than once. Twiggy likes to hunt lizards. She doesn’t like to kill them she just likes to play with them. So if they are smart they will play dead and Twiggy gets bored and walks away leaving them there for me to find! They are usually back to being alive by then, too! I’ve gotten accustomed to it but I still make Richard take them back outside.

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  7. Amara's Grampy

    The looks on her face as she transitioned from “What’s wrong with this picture?” to “It’s Grampy!” and the way she ran over with that big grin and hugged me – and here I thought you needed MasterCard for the priceless moments in life.

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  8. Sandy

    What a wonderful day! Such a fun surprise for you and Grampy to plan, and a great ending to Marzie’s school day! :) I would caption the picture of Amara and Grampy as, “It’s the little things that make life sweeter!”

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