Today I stayed with our grand daughter in her new house while her mother went to a meeting. We vacuumed a little, unpacked some more toys, sat and watched a little of 'Elmo's World' on Sesame Street. She asked for a "bottle, please". (I'm aware that many are opposed to two-year olds having a bottle; suffice to say we're not -- it gives them some autonomy and cuts down on messes. If she's walking down the aisle on her wedding day, sucking on a bottle of milk, the 'experts' can all say they told me so.)
I fixed the bottle for her, carried it and her into the living room, and asked, "Would you like to sit on this chair while you drink your milk?" She looked at me and simply said, "No, I sit with Kathy." So there we sat. She with her milk, and I, heart bursting and holding on to her, knowing how ephemeral time is.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.