This past weekend our kids and grandkids came to visit. There is not much that is better than having a 5 year old grandson come running through your doorway and launching himself into your lap before you even have a chance to get out of your chair and open the door. Having his little sister trailing behind him wearing her “Wunner Woman” crown. (That crown was an amazing treasure from a happy meal!) just made it better yet.
The two grandkids were excited to give me birthday cards that they had colored for me. My daughter-in-law told me the kids had decided that the chicken pictures would be the most appreciated by their Chicken Grandma…..and they were right! My fridge sports a variety of grandkid artwork and I love when I get a new one to add to the collection.
My granddaughter decided we really needed to enjoy a tea party picnic the night that they arrived. It was a fine idea. We put a blanket down in the frontroom and let her set it up. She proceeded to set out the dishes, had her brother pour the tea (water), hand out the crackers that Grandpa found for her, and topped it off with an offering of her leftover happy meal French fries…..very tiny bits of leftover fries. She was very serious when she handed those fries out with the words, “One for you……one for you….one for you”. (Grandpa nearly choked on his tea (water) trying to hold the laughter in…..he did survive and he did not spit any out or have any come out of his nose.)
While the kids were here my son and husband did do some work. They built the nicest set of steps in our garage. For years all we had was a “rinky-dink” set of steps to get in and out of our house. We now have a really great landing and steps that we should be able to navigate for many, many years. (My husband’s plan is to set this house up so there is never ANY excuse to put him in a nursing home!)
While they were constructing the landing and steps; my grandson decided he should also make something for me. I was presented with an incredible piece of art. I am still searching for just the right place to display this wonderful piece. It is solid and sturdy due to the screw my son helped put through it and it should last for years. My husband did not think I would keep this beautiful piece but I assured him I had every intention of displaying it……..somewhere.
My son also helped my husband bale the waterway for the last time this year. (I was deeply grateful for that!) I surprised my grandson with the fact that his Chicken Grandma did indeed know how to drive a tractor. After one round in the waterway my job was done and my son and husband finished the rest.
While they were finishing that job up; my daughter-in-law, the grandkids and I headed for town to visit with the Great Grandparents. I have a feeling I could have stayed home and those great grandparents would have been just as happy with their visitors! There is something about having those little ones around that brings a lot of joy.
We finished off the day with a quick trip to the little park across the road from my folks’ house. It took a lot of persuading to get those two little kids back in the vehicle when it was time to head for home.
It is such a blessing to see life through the eyes of grandkids. They find adventure in every corner they look. Nothing is impossible to accomplish when you think like an almost 3 year old and a 5 year old. Life is exciting, the possibilities are endless, trusting comes easy and the joy is contagious. Maybe that is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 19:14.
May we all have the joy of children and the wisdom of years. Let us grow old without entirely growing up. It seems like a worthy goal to me.
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.