I think every older adult should spend some amount of time with a happy, funny child. I love spending time with Addie .. of course, I am the grandma and I’m supposed to love spending time with her.
This morning she was sleeping late and I was about to start breakfast so I went in to wake her. She wasn’t really ready to wake up but I said “Breakfast is going to be ready soon.” She wanted to know what we were having. I told her scrambled eggs, flour tortillas, sausage, cheese and homemade hash browns. She jumped up and started cheering “Breakfast burritos! I love breakfast burritos!” She grabbed me and hugged me and said “Thank you for making my favorite breakfast!”
Then I was helping her with a sheet of her homework and she was giggling about something. Vince said “That doesn’t sound like work to me!” Addie said “Always make whatever you’re doing fun!!”
Then she was marking words that had the long “O” sound. One was rote and she didn’t know what that meant so I had her look it up in the dictionary. She still wasn’t sure so I said “It’s like if you had to learn my phone number and you kept saying it over and over to learn it.” She grabbed her backpack and pulled out an index card that has been taped over and over to keep it from falling apart. It had her mom and dad’s numbers on it, plus their address. She said “Mom put this in my backpack and told me to keep it in there always!”
It was after Addie’s school bus had an accident and the kids had to give the authorities their parents numbers so they could all be called. Addie didn’t know any of their numbers. I said “What did they do?” She said “They stuck me over in the pile of other kids who didn’t know their phone numbers!” A pile of other kids. Isn’t that funny?
Me: You know my number, don’t you?
Addie: Yes, that’s the ONLY number I know.
Me: You could have given them my number.
Addie: Granny . . you live halfway across the world! They needed to notify someone who could come and get me.
Me: Well, you need to KNOW your parents’ numbers but if something like that ever happens again, they could call me and I can give them your parents’ numbers.
Addie: I never thought of that!
It’s funny that she thinks 45 minutes away is “halfway across the world!” That’s ok . . some days it feels the same way to me. 🙂
The next word was “mope”. She wasn’t sure what that meant so she looked it up and we talked about that.
This was her moping face. She couldn’t stop laughing and even had Vince laughing.
It’s so much fun spending time with her.