Sunday, June 05, 2005

My Grandson's Essay

My grandson, age 11, spent the weekend with us. His Mom sent along this school essay for us to read:

"The best part of Thanksgiving I think is going to my grandparent's house for the day. I enjoy hugging my grandparents, making boats and going to the movies. I think it is the best time of the year.

When I got there I was so happy to see my grandparents because it has been so long. I ran right into their arms to hug them. My cousins had just gotten there too, but they were supposed to get there the day before.

We all ran for the closet to get the arts and crafts box. I got the egg cartons to make boats for the summer, so I can have races in the pool. I think that is fun!!!! Sometimes I just make a sword or planes to throw or I just make up thingamabobs to keep people out of the club. The club is where I keep all of my best inventions saved to use when I need them, like the toy helicopter that doesn't fly.

I always seem to do this every year, which is to go to the movies. It is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving. We always get our popcorn and large drinks before the movies start. I always sit in the middle row to get the best view of the movie. After the movie, I always eat the most for for Thanksgiving dinner out of anybody, and I eat it all. The food is so good, I can resist it, but I don't.

That is my annual Thanksgiving for every year and I hope it doesn't change. Now what is yours?"

A note of explanation: I keep a large box of art supplies, paper, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers, ribbons, old greeting cards, etc., as well as oatmeal boxes, egg cartons, small boxes, gift wrap and the like for the children to play with when they visit. This boy likes to make boats out of the egg cartons and because he has the mind of an engineer, he makes fairly elaborate ones. You might be amazed at what he can do - I know I am!

14 comments:

Angie said...

What a wonderful way to be told, "I love you." The innocence and joy of children - excellent tribute to you as a grandparent.

Weary Hag said...

This is so touching! Isn't it great to be written about in such a loving way?
I also love your idea of the arts/crafts box. My mom used to have a couple of drawers in her guest room that all the kiddies were able to scout through upon visiting. Do you know how many things you can do with simple buttons? It's great to encourage the imagination this way. Good for you!

Janet said...

Hi, Michele sent me! That's a wonderful story, and I always looked forward to Thanksgiving, too, to see my cousins and taste my aunt's chestnut stuffing and plum pudding once again. Thanks for making me remember that :-)

Maria said...

Thanksgiving has changed a lot since my children were small. Then usually it was a family thing, with one or the other set of Grandparents visiting. Times change and traditions go by the way. Today, we usually celebrate by going to dinner at my daughter Kristi and her partner's house. She is the only one of my children in Southern California.

Your grandson is a delight. As a former teacher, I think he would be the kind of kid that is fun to have in the classroom.

You are blessed.

Paul said...

It doesn't get any better than that!

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OldHorsetailSnake said...

that kid is a darn good writer for age 11. and since Ol' Hoss is a darn good writer, that is high praise. (for both of us, I guess.)

Thanks, Favorite Grannie, for the share.

Raehan said...

Awww, I was nearly in tears reading this. Can we adopt you into our family? We'll share you with your current grandkids.

millennium hippies said...

how adorable!!! love this: "i can resist it, but i don't"..LOL!!! what a sweetie!

michele sent me!

Dawn said...

sweet! came via Michele

Star said...

I am a new grandmom. I hope my grandson thinks that way about me when he is 11!

Pryncess Kat said...

That's a wonderful essay! What a keeper!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. That means a lot to me. I'll be writing more about my Mom's Love Puffs in the near future! Please come back again!

vicki said...

Judy- this is a wonderful post! What a delightful essay and great tribute to Grandma and Grandpa. I didn't think you were old enough to have an 11 year old grandson. I can't wait til I have one to make thingamabobs to keep people out of the club- I need me some of those.

Heather said...

What a bright and imaginative boy! He so obviously adores his grandparents! Michele sent me although I come here often to see what wonderful thing you have posted lately:D