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The Love of a Child…
Tonight…I found myself smiling,and almost wanting to cry too, as I re-lived the magic of my little grandson’s baby hugs and my granddaughter’s happy chatter--memories from a very busy couple of days of visiting with them. They spent the night with me while my second oldest son and his wife scrambled to get their house ready to rent.
Andrew and Elisabeth
They left with Dear Hubby this morning and will be driving straight through to Seattle. When you read this, I’ll be hugging my hubby, son, daughter-n-law, and my grandchildren good-bye. I’ve learned one lesson with my oldest son. This isn’t really good-bye..but just, “See you later, Mom.” But it will be a very LONG later. That’s the part that’s so hard.
While the kids were getting the house packed, we babysat the grandkids. Rebekah entertained Lena by giving her a ‘beauty makeover’..not that Lena needed one. Lena had said she wanted some of Rebekah’s makeup..and Rebekah thought it would be so fun to fix her up. :o)
Lena and I read stories, played peek a boo and she rested with ‘poor tired Grandma’ on the couch and cuddled with her blanky, bobba (bottle/actually a sip cup), and me… for a whole five minutes…before getting down to play again. I don’t remember her ever being still for even one moment while awake. :o)
She chatted up a storm to Rebekah and I and helped me feed our Betta fish, Jackie Chan. She loves to color and I got some darling videos of her sitting in the wicker chair I bought her, scooted up to the coffee table to draw.
She can’t say Grandma..but she can say Jackie Chan as clear as a bell! And She CAN say “Donna Rodgers’ in the most precious little toddler voice you ever heard! My heart just squeezes to hear that darling little voice!
Christian helped her work her bubble machine and blew bubbles so she could catch them and make them with the little handheld fan I bought for $2.00 at Wal-mart on Clearance. There’s nothing that compares to the thrill of watching a child laugh with delight at the magic of bubbles.
The next day, the kids and I helped paint the trim in their house and some doors. And then I helped Ebeth take the kids to the doctor’s office for a last minute doctor’s appt. Much of the time that we were waiting in the doctor’s office, Augy (short for August), was drinking his bottle and cuddling with me.
He loves faces and growling at you and twirling..and sometimes pulling hair with his precise little fingers. He’s only five and a half months old but he is quite capable of expressing joy…mirth…sadness…anxiety…hunger..and love.
For half an hour, I cradled him in my arms, and he stared up at me with those big blue eyes, grinning, but never losing his grip on the nipple of his bottle with that determined little tongue. :o) He toyed with my hair, played with my glasses, and pinched my cheek, even while his other hand gripped my shirt tightly. And the little eyes got so sleepy as he sucked his bottle. At last..blessed…sleep…
Today, we picked up Kitty, who is now staying with ‘Grandma’(me) since she probably couldn’t handle the ordeal of such a long trip and the last of the misc. at the house that needs to be disbursed in one way or another and of course some food from the fridge.
Then we kissed my kids, grandkids, and hubby good-bye, and headed home with the keys to their apartment.
It was a pretty long drive home…and now the house is so quiet..too quiet for me …I”m afraid. :o)
(My kids are all at a friend’s house.)
But I took lots of photos and last minutes videos of my sweetie pies while I had them to myself. And I’ll have lots of memories of hugs and kisses to sustain me until hubby flies back next Thursday. Is there anything more precious..more lovely…more magical…than the love of a child? Today…I really can’t think of anything… :o)