Monday, June 16, 2014

Changes Still


     Thanks to those who write for the Two Writing Teachers blog, we have the Tuesday Slice of Life Sharing.
     Since I last wrote two weeks ago, school has ended, my daughter and family are still with me, (although it may be the final night), I've been to Texas to stay with a grandson to help out while he recuperated from a baseball hit to the eye, and now I'm on my way tomorrow to the All-Write Conference in Warsaw Indiana. When I return, I'll have five days, and my daughter, two grand-daughters, and that same grandson are taking a road trip to Mid-Missouri to visit my brother and family, back on the 2nd. June will be over... Wow!  So, what have I learned anew in these days since I said goodbye to school? (Pictures were posted on FB, but wanted to share again.) 



Saying goodbye last Sunday.
Playing soccer with their Papa.
  • Living with a 5 and an almost 3 year old takes almost all the time one has. I'm sure I once knew this, but had forgotten, although these girls have stayed with me in earlier occasions.
  • Dinner-preparing, eating, cleaning up-takes a longer time than it does with one person.
  • It's much more fun to walk to get the mail with two young girls.
  • Bedtime is busy with baths, books, giggles, smiles, and sometimes tears. Long days make for tired little bodies.
  • It is a joy to watch the girls play together, pretending stories they seem to know with an innate power and energy. 
  • Being with an 'almost' thirteen year old, especially since he couldn't read or play games that required close work, is fun, but requires some creativity, like 'mind' games (20 questions, ABC games, etc.) OR audio books, which saved the day, but gave me less to do. Energy spent here was more in the mind than action.
  • It was a joy to see my grandson's courage when he had more questions to answer and more examinations to experience, then more pills and eye drops. He followed all the orders, and was rewarded with improvement. Still, it takes perseverance that isn't always easy. He learned again that he can do hard things.
  • I love watching both my own children as parents. They use patience and kindness even when tired from a long day, worried because of an accident that happened,  or wondering when they might grab a few moments for themselves. They are good people, something I'm not sure I had as an original goal as a parent, but now that's what I'm most proud of. 
                 See you on twitter from Indiana! @LBaie

19 comments:

  1. Grandchildren add such a fresh viewpoint on life, thanks for sharing your grandchildren experiences.

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  2. So much to celebrate with your family. I'm glad your grandson is recovering. That sounds like quite an ordeal for him. Enjoy your travels!

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  3. What a pleasure to spend time with your "good people." I know that what you observe in them was learned by watching you. So glad you'll be keeping in touch from Indiana.

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  4. Yes, I would agree with everything on your list. And I especially like the last one, because I am enjoying seeing that, too. So I know how incredibly awesome that feeling is! And you are right, it is not exactly what you were thinking about at the time, raising them...mostly you just wanted to make it through, kindly, to the next difficult stage!
    Love finally having time to get out and read your blog! I've missed you!

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  5. You are lucky to have those wonderful grandkids and they are so lucky to have you. I think bath time and book time at the end of the day was my favorite of that busy time of life. So glad your grandson is on the mend. (What a scary thing to happen to him.) AND I'll be looking for your tweets from All Write. Love Twitter:)

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  6. I just love this. What a joy to spend time with your grandchildren and see your children as good parents. Have fun at All Write - I'll definitely be following via Twitter. :-)

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  7. Keeping busy is the key to staying young. What great memories you are making. Enjoy the conference.

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  8. Your grandchildren sound like so much fun. Such different stages of life, but all are delicious.

    Thanks for the sharing the pics!

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  9. So glad your grandson is doing well - and that you were able to be with him. I don't want my own boys to grow too quickly, but I think it will be amazing to witness as they do. See you tomorrow!

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  10. I love the sound of your voice as you come to the idea that your children "are good people." What a wonderful gift all around family is. Enjoy All Write! That conference is on my dream list.

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  11. I love how you celebrate the people in your life in all the roles and responsibilities. Also, I love how you recognize how wonderful your children have become.

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  12. The one about the mail is my favorite -- how kids can transform such simple moments! I wish I were going to All Write but I will follow your tweets! Can't wait to hear about it when you get back! :-)

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  13. Ouch to the baseball hit. My son has only just started and I've noticed both players and spectators have to pay attention the whole time. I've had busy days with a full pool. Summer has started! I hope you get some r&r soon Linda.

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  14. I love this:They are good people, something I'm not sure I had as an original goal as a parent, but now that's what I'm most proud of.
    And I have loved reading your observations about both children and grandchildren, Linda - how lucky you are, really, to be in the midst of all that love all those new memories that are being sown for future remembrance. Enjoy those travels to All Write! I am with you in spirit.

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  15. Glad to hear your grandson is getting better. Sounds like you've had a wonderful time with your grandchildren. I'm sure they were happy to be with you. Have a great tiome at the conference!

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  16. So much love in this post. Grandma's role is so special. Your lines about your children are beautiful.

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  17. As you saw a connection between my kitten rescue story and the kind of people my children are, I see here the connection between you as a grandmother and your children as parents. This is really what it's all about, isn't it?

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  18. I found myself smiling as I read through your post. Your love for you family shines through your words. Have a wonderful time at All Write. I hope I make it there next year.

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  19. Hope you're having a great time at All Write! Lovely post--though I was a little exhausted just reading it:>)

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