Thursday, February 23, 2017

My First Time!

She didn't ask me for help.  But I wondered...  what is so interesting about putting a bunch of little pieces of plastic together?  

She had been quiet for the longest time.  It all seemed like work to me... but I had to know, what did she see in it?

And so I sat down at the table with grand-angel #1 and started to pick out some of the Lego pieces for her that she needed.  These eyes ain't what they used to be but I did my best.

While she was busy reading instructions, I snapped one of the pieces that I had found into the place that it belonged.  I was proud.  She smiled big.

The hands are like the eyes.  Not so swift any more.   But still, I was finding that I could do it (with a little direction and encouragement from the nine-year-old).

"Grammy, we are spending quality time together and making something...together" she said.

My heart swelled.

Sometimes life gets so hectic and busy that we just forget what's important.

Sometimes we look at a big ol' bag of little tiny pieces of plastic and think...  it's not worth the effort.

Sometimes we hear the words we need to hear that encourage us.  And we become stronger,  more self-confident and inspired.

We couldn't finish it all in one night, but when she returns, we have a mission...  Scooby needs his car and we will not drop the ball.  It can and will be finished!!

Dear Diary,

Short Stuff came to visit.  She forgot to go home and ended up sleeping here all night.  She shared cookies at night and pancakes in the morning.  It was the best 24 hours I've had in a very long time. 

And now I must rest.  Gracie.


  1. These pictures of Gracie are stunning and adorable!! Especially with Summer. There is nothing like sitting down with a grandchild and doing some quiet work with her, whether Legos, crafts, coloring or jigsaws. It's the best!!

  2. Legos are lots of fun, even though a tad bit time consuming. After my grandkids put theirs together my daughter adds glue to save the masterpieces. Scooby will love his car, I know. REST if you must Gracie, a new day with exciting adventures awaits you in the morning. So be prepared.

  3. I love how she said "Grammy we are spending quality time together." Just the fact that you were there in her presence, helping or not, speaks volumes in how our grands want us to be involved in their lives. They want us to care, to spend time, to just sit there and perhaps hand them a part of two, but just to engage. Sounds like you did just that!


  4. What are you making, a whole set? Looks like fun! What a greater thing to do with the kids than to make something together, toys and memories.

  5. Delightful post!

    And "chock-full" of Wisdom too!!!!

    Precious child...

    Precious moments....

    Making memories, for both of you.

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  6. Sounds like a fun time Gracie! Especially those cookies and pancakes! Tugie and Roger say hello.


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