|Clockwise: Josiah, Aidan, Tyler, Bryce & Elijah|
Sometimes between last Sunday and yesterday, I made the executive decision to go back to my roots. We aren't talking hair, here, though I do have a haircut scheduled on Wednesday. You are not responsible for that piece of information... Rather, this blog started with grandboys - 5 of them. So let's talk about that.
Tyler (6), AKA Spider Man, made an appearance on Sunday. He is a wiry little midget, and seemingly disinterested in out growing the short label. However, he has a totally boy way of entering the house, after calmly removing this shoes, he launches himself into my arms. It is an endearing greeting now that I have learned to brace myself for impact. The really amazing part is how he wraps his arms and legs around my body. Once maximum velocity and height have been reached, he does not need me to hold him. I, however, might need to employ the jaws of life if I need to use the facilities.
Bryce (11), on the other hand, has decided that he big enough (almost) and strong enough (almost) to pick ME up. He will be, soon enough, but for the moment, I do not give him an assist with his efforts - except that I raise up to my tip-toes. He isn't fooled, but then, his back is broken, either - a fair trade.
Aidan (5), employs a winning smile - between words. He is never short of words - or topics - or energy. I gave him a kiss the other day and asked him to pass it on to his Uncle Corey. Aidan insisted on seven kisses - and, yes, we counted them. I'm not sure how many of them he shared with Corey, but it made my day!
Josiah (4), oh my. Josiah practices at ways to be silly. Just when I reach my own personal limit and tell him to stop, he laughs - which makes me laugh - so any remote thought he had to actually heed my words and "stop" disappears into a gale of giggles. How do you reprimand when you can't stop laughing? Perhaps I am one of his favorite jokes. Regardless, he wins every time.
Elijah (2), though, won the week - twice! I showed up to watch his sisters so the rest of the family could take a train into the city to visit Uncle Corey. I opened the door to Aidan's conversation, Josiah's giggles, and Elijah's proclamation, "I don't want to go. I want to stay here with Granma." How much do I love that kid! So how did he top that? Well, actually: he got on the train to go visit Uncle Corey. The girls and I had a relatively quiet and very enjoyable day.
What can I say? I love both the coming and the going! And I love the absolute joy of being a Granma to boys! That's my boy(s)!!!