Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Introspection on a rainy day

At the beach this weekend, we were standing at a dock before going to get some boiled shrimp for lunch. Roxane asked about my grandpa Bob's boat (he built a 41 foot sailboat in the backyard) and I told her how my sister and I used to play inside it. Over the years, my grandma Pat constantly talked about this one tea party she and I had inside the unfinished hull of the boat when I was about 3 years old.


I never really got the power of that story until this morning. To me, it has always been about my grandma loving to tell stories. After this weekend, I realized it is a story about the sheer joy of being a grandparent, getting a chance to truly enjoy the wonder of children without the responsibilities. The last time I was with my grandma Pat, I was pregnant and she told me the story again. I can't help but think she was trying to tell me something about how magical children are and to stop, slow down, and enjoy more.
To me, it was a true wonder seeing Nate and Alex at the beach and I can't help but hope that we helped create a tea party-like story for Roxane.
And dang, it is bittersweet because grandma Pat would have had a riot with these little boys.

9 comments:

Beth said...

Exactly! This is why having kids is so amazing. You get to experience the things you love all over again. And even things that have become mundane become new again through the eyes of a child. Nice introspection!

Joanna said...

Sniff, sniff...very true, very sweet.

My grandma would have had a blast with Michael. I miss her.

Maria said...

Very Sweet, and holy does that pic of you look like Alex with curly hair!

Joanna said...

Maybe she is having a riot with them...

Joanna said...

By the way, between your tomatoes and my compost, we should really get together. We could feed the world on mouth at a time.

jungletwins said...

So true. We all need to slow down and enjoy how beautiful childhood is. Especially x 2 :)

Carrie77 said...

So true and I agree, we all need to stop and smell the roses so to speak. Love the picture!!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Love this and I am glad you had time to reflect on this story. That is one of the many beautiful things about getting away. You get a chance to breathe and think!

Amy said...

that was so lovely. I have tears in my eyes, I can hear my grandmother's stories repeating in my head about all of our adventures growing up. thank you.