Thursday, November 1, 2018

THE INNOCENT SWEETNESS OF CHILDREN - Prerviously Unpublished

Today is November 1st, 2018.  I had just published my most recent poem when I noticed that this was considered a DRAFT which meant it was never published.  So as I read this entry dated November of 2011,  I was instantly taken back to a day in the life of my now 12-year-old grandsons.  I remember this day as if it were yesterday, the two of them so sweet and innocent, and of course, how precious! If you don't have grandchildren yourself I pray that you will at some point because what we who do can say unequivocally, the love for your grandchildren is indescribable and deep.  Regardless, I couldn't let this to go unpublished, though it will always be remembered!


Today was an exceptionally beautiful day. My daughter and my two grandsons were here.  Because Ian was working with his Mom upstairs, Gavin, Grandma and Sprout had some special one on one time.  Who's Sprout? Sprout is a hand puppet that I include in some of my Sunday School lessons and is a particular favorite of both my grandchildren. They love to have Grandma simulate a little boy's voice and engage Sprout in conversation. In the past, both boys want Grandma's attention at the same time while wishing to have her all to themselves. But today Gavin wanted to go downstairs to share his gears and gearbox with Sprout, explaining each one and what it does to Sprout's willing ears and probing questions.

Now don't be mislead. Neither one of them believes Sprout is a real boy but they do like pretending that he is. The conversation is directed at the puppet but there is the frequent eye dart to Grandma's mouth, as well.  Today the conversation dealt with the gears, favorite foods, favorite colors, monsters, school and learning letters and sounds, and...the list goes on.

It was so adorable to hear this little four-year-old, so genuine, so animated, just bubbling over with so many things and, of course, I was privileged to be a part of it. It was like having a bird's eye view of two little boys getting to know one another, discussing what they liked and what they liked to do. I've got to say it was wonderful just having Gavin to myself while Ian was doing an activity with his mom upstairs.  Regardless, these moments are ones I will always treasure!

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