I have had very little time the past month or so to blog or to write. We have had an influx of family and friends come to Florida to escape the reoccurring, snow storms, ice, bitter cold and power outages.
Our son and daughter in law and two little princesses came for a visit. They were happy to see us and we noticed a big change in the kids especially the little red headed baby. These two were the darlings around the pool. They were quiet, sweet and gentle and loved swimming. It was a pleasure watching my son, interacting with his daughters in the water and being such a great dad. We must have done something right as parents! The just turned 3 year old decided that when she was in Florida, she was going to be Allie the Cow. When someone said hello to her, she answered “moo”. This little lady made one gentleman very happy, He lives here and sometimes brings his guitar poolside. Those that reside here take his soft playing for granted and no longer pay much attention to his performance. He plays mainly for his own satisfaction, but he was thrilled when “Allie the Cow” wandered over, sat down beside him and listened attentively while he played. She told him that he played his guitar really well and conversed with him about his music for a long time.
I shared adventures with my family at various parks including Sugar Sand Park in Boca which has an old fashioned Merry Go Round. The attendant was hard working. As the horses went round and round , he constantly chattered. All we heard was “Whoopee, Giddiup, Howdy Cowboy, Hello Princess” over and over and over again. That poor man must have a hoarse throat [ pun intended] every night.
A couple of rainy days cancelled out some planned outings, but a science centre and indoor mall area helped save the days.
We missed the four of them when they left, but a few days after their departure our daughter , son in law and their two little boys arrived. I was afraid the toddler wouldn’t recognize me, but when he saw me, he ran up to me and threw his arms around me. I picked him up and he wouldn’t let me put him down. My heart melted. Our two young grand sons definitely were not as quiet or gentle as their female cousins, but they were every bit as delicious, even though they did get into more mischief and sometimes antagonized each other. They also enjoyed the pool. The baby had no fear of the water and the 5 year old exhibited good swimming skills.
I accompanied my daughter and the older boy to see the Lego movie. I also accompanied the four of them to the Children’s Museum in Miami. I am glad I did. Where else could you find a Carnival cruise ship, a fire station, a construction site with the same name as my grandson, a Publix that sells rubber chickens and whole lobsters as well as numerous other hands on displays housed in the same building. I am not sure who had more fun, the baby, the kid who owns the construction site, the parents or the grandma.
It was great having everybody here, but I need a little time to recuperate. I learned three things:
1–you need to be young to raise kids
2 –toys are obsolete. cell phones, I pods and any electronic device, where kids can play games or watch their favourite thing is the way to go.
3 –kids are brilliant. Even toddlers can navigate their way around the internet and download programs of their choice on their personal devices or devices begged or borrowed from their parents. When we return home I intend to take lessons from my young grandchildren Hopefully they will have more patience with me than my offspring.