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Callan Turns 6

This week it’s my delight to talk about my sweet grandson, Callan, who just turned 6 a few days ago.

This little fellow has brought joy since he was born. He’s just so amiable. So sweet. So happy.

Case in point. I offered to make him cupcakes for his birthday party. He chose the flavors and then we talked about the decorations. At first he mentioned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I said that sounds difficult, I’m not sure I can do that. He replied OK. Then he made another suggestion and I stated that also sounded a bit difficult. He came up with a third option for me which I also felt too hard to do. And at that point, still happy, he said, “Just do what you want Mimi.” And he meant it. He would be content no matter what I designed.

As most of you know, I watched the boys one day a week from the time they were born until they went to school. What a delight! One of the things that fascinated me was how they each saw the world. Konnor began talking early and had no problem sharing his observations about…well, about everything. Callan, on the other hand, was on the quiet side, like his PopPop. Content to let others do the talking while he listened and observed. Oh, he talked, but lengthy conversations were not his thing.

This went on for a while and I grew to enjoy our time together even without long conversations. Then one day, he just started talking…and talking…and talking. And singing, too. Loudly. Car rides became noisy and entertaining. The house seemed to be filled with twice as much activity and fun. His enthusiasm was contagious as it continues to be today.

Callan seems to find great delight in life and wants to share that with the world. And I think the world needs more people like Callan. Enough with the Debby Downers and Sour Susans. Give me a parcel full of Happy Callans and life will be very good indeed.

One of Callan’s big thrills this year (the biggest being getting an X-Box from Santa) has been in learning. He seems to really enjoy discovering new things and takes great pride in his academic accomplishments. Often, for fun, he just gets out a math workbook and completes page after page. (Yup, I said he does math for fun!)

His sense of humor is also expanding. When I ask occasionally about his homework, he states “Mimi, I’m in Kindergarten; I don’t have homework.” Then he rolls his eyes as if to say “Gee Mimi, you should know that.”

It’s also fun to watch him work the controls of that coveted X-Box. It doesn’t seem that long ago when he was content to push buttons and pull levers that had nothing to do with the on-screen action. Now, he’s like all the other big kids. Without needing instruction, he pushes and pulls, breezes through menus and just figures things out for himself.

Like his cousin Addie, he’s growing up. Much too fast. But I’m trying hard not to rush things and to just enjoy him for today. It’s easy to find myself wondering about his future endeavors but for now, this Mimi is content watching T-ball games, seeing him play in the rain with his brother, enjoying his interactions with his cousins (my sweet granddaughters). In short, I’m completely happy just watching him as he grows up. And I’m completely blessed.

My friend Karen recently posted a picture of her blessing wall…a wall with photos of her grandkids. Isn’t that perfect! My grandkids are my blessings as well. And I thank the Lord daily for the joy they bring to my life.

Happy 6th birthday, dear Callan. I love you…to Heaven and back!

Mimi

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I miss my grandson!

Because of some shoulder surgery this week, I’m not hanging with Konnor. Nor next week. And I’m already feeling at a loss.

Being with Konnor has really become a highlight of the week for me – the joy on his face when I show up on Sunday nights, cuddling in his daddy’s recliner Monday mornings covered up with his blankie, watching him run around half-dressed because it’s easier for him to do his potty thing when necessary, seeing the joy on his face as we walk around the block and discover new things, going to McDonalds to have ice cream and watch the fish in the big tank (yeah, it’s a cool McDonalds!)…just ordinary things that I’m missing like crazy.

The surgery was for a separated shoulder that I’m attributing to hyper-extension of my right arm as I tried to perfect the back stroke in my parents’ pool over a year ago. Several x-rays, an MRI, and three cortisone shots later I decided surgery was my best bet if I wanted to be able to lift the new grandbaby in April. Apparently, this kind of surgery can end up with a long recovery so I thought it best to get rid of the pain and begin the healing process now so I will be ready for the new blessing when he arrives in a few months.

Meanwhile, I’m going through Konnor withdrawal and hoping I’ll get to see him this New Year’s weekend. Meanwhile, here’s a little tidbit for you.

A few days before Christmas, Kate and Chris took Konnor to the mall to meet up with his little cousins for dinner and time with Santa. Apparently, the evening was just wonderful and on the way home Konnor said to his mommy, “This was the best day EVER!” What a fun thing for a two-year-old to say. This is the kind of stuff I write about so I remember…and I joyfully share it with you.