Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time Flies...............................

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Photo by Neal Fowler

It's hard to fathom that a month worth of days has come and gone.  More than that, a fifteen year old grand-daughter causes me to ponder where those years have gone.  In addition, two more grand-daughters have materialized from out of the ether, or the loins of their parents, which ever you prefer.  To decry the passage of time or the quickness with which good times  always seem to progress would be to deny the pleasures that follow in the ensuing days.

Each child has brought joy to us, each in her own way; no two the same.  They have touched our lives as we theirs, and in a positive way I like to think.  And so too with our children.  This past 30 days has been a continuous sequence of activity and idleness.  we watch with awe and wonder as a 20 month old establishes her place in the family tree; developing different relationships with everyone she meets.  Observing the studiousness of the oldest together with her mothering qualities as she interacts with her 20 month old cousin gives assurance of the woman she is becoming.  The 10 year old is witty, smart, and full of zest.  She is observant and inquisitive.  Keeping up with her quips would require a pencil and notebook in hand constantly.  One of the most refreshing qualities, exemplified in all three, is their total honesty; refreshing when compared to the political environment we are inundated with by the media on a daily basis.

As the gift of grand parenthood is opened I come closer to understanding  the adage: Luke 18:17 "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

To help me realize that even though time seems to pass in the snap of one's fingers, we packed a ton of activity into those days:
Strawberry picking
Raspberry picking
walking, some times with a stroller
shopping at a farmer's market
shopping; clothes, roller skates
high Tea in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier
Montreal: food, language, heritage, and train rides
Cemetery visits and grave maintenance.
Driving lesson.
Helping grandma with cooking, baking and meal planning.
reading, reading to
counting in English, french and Spanish
hammock lying
camp fires
Renewing neighborly friendships
duck feeding
tenting; set up, sleep in
feeding the birds. watching an osprey catch a fish with it's "hands"
green heron watching and photographing
Hanging laundry on the line.
cementing cousinly relationships
enjoying aunts and uncles
ice cream making
there was even time to watch DVDs, TV, and stay current on Facebook
Oh, and Momma; all the home work was finished!
Flower picking from grandma's gardens
We even found time to sleep
restaurant dining at home and abroad

It's hard to believe that we fit all that and more into such a short time!

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Blogger JML said...

Wonderful recap of great family times.

1:43 PM  
Blogger bonniew said...

You forgot sitting on the hammock reading with an umbrella because it was sprinkling! They will be missed!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Wow. That's a lot. Now wonder time is flying by for you. I can't wait for the grandparent gig...When my girls are much older, of course.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loveley recap!! You and Diane are the best gradnparents a kid could ask for. With all the adventures, the lessons and memeories you are creating for those girls, they will never forget their summer vacations on the river!! :)

Love u both


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