Skip to main content

{sols} a chat + a book (or two)


Slice of Life hosted at the
Join in and share a slice of your life.

My parents live far away and they don't get to see my four year old girls very often.  Our lives are busy and we always seem to be on the go.  Trying to stay connected is always a challenge.

But I know they want to see the girls whenever or however they can.

One way we visit is through using Skype.  It's difficult finding the time some weeks.  It's hard to entice them to sit long enough to share a story.  But they haven't seen the girls since our Florida vacation in June.

Sunday after church we had time to visit with Grammy and Grampy.  I called first so they could set up their computer.  As we waited, I whispered about what we could talk about and share.  The girls settled onto two chairs with their baby dolls in hand.  I sat on the side, out of the picture.

The computer rang and I clicked the green video button.  We heard their voices before their faces popped up on the screen.

The girls smiled and talked with Grammy and Grampy.  They asked questions, the girls answered.  M. was quite the story teller talking about her hospital visit and their baby dolls with no names and the books we recently picked up from the library.  She wanted me to find her new favorite book.

I stepped out of the living room in search of the book and returned with M. standing up, grabbing the book out of my hands, asking to read it to Grammy. Turning each page, she gleefully retold the book "Naked" by Michael Ian Black.  She laughed showing Grammy each silly page about the little boy who loved being naked.

By now P. snuck out of the room to pick a couple of books to share.  Her new favorites are written by Jan Thomas.  We checked out all of her books from the library.  We read "A Birthday for Cow" together.  She wanted to get the words just right, but could not always remember.  She looked to me for help, a little frustrated.

M. zipped out to find more books.  She carried a stack of books into the living to share.  It was her turn to share a Jan Thomas book, "Pumpkin Trouble."  She quickly turned each page (without really letting Grammy see the pictures) laughing at the duck who fell into the pumpkin scaring his friends.  I smiled in delight at her excitement to read and share books with their Grandma, who is also an avid reader  We all share that common book love.

I looked at the stack of picture books waiting to be shared and knew we wouldn't be able to read them all.  It was time for our chat to conclude.  We said our goodbyes.  Blew kisses and gave squeezes.

"I love you, Grammy and Grampy!" They shouted.  "Bye!"  They were off and running, and the screen went black.

I understand why this time is so precious to my parents.  What a treasure to see their two (smart!) four year old granddaughters talking up a storm and reading them books!




Comments

  1. What a wonderful moment! So adorable! Yes, VERY smart four year old granddaughters!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes, it is always a delight to visit and share in their excitement. And, we know how difficult it can be, so we take what we can. Love the book reading and sharing. M's expressions and details. P's quietness, waiting and wanting to share. Always looking for Max and asking about the deer. Remembering things we did together. Such fun. And, yes, they are very smart four year olds! Hugs to all. Love ya, Mom

    ReplyDelete
  3. How lucky we are to have technology to create moments like this! What a fun visit for your parents and how happy is your heart to watch your girls growing into readers!

    ReplyDelete
  4. So lucky for all of you to be near enough to share moments like these!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Technology sure has changes our way of keeping in touch. When my daughter was young, we used to send cassette tapes back and forth with my mother. She would talk on the tape, we would listen and then record over it to send it back to her. Skype just makes things so much easier!

    ReplyDelete
  6. How wonderful for your girls to grow up with something like this! And for your parents to take advantage of it. It makes me wonder, what next.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Popular posts from this blog

{40 reasons} #sol15

Slice of Life  hosted  at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life. _____________________________________________________ Today my husband celebrates a big, BIG birthday -- and I'm so lucky and thankful to have spent  the last sixteen years learning about everything that he loves the last (almost) twelve years learning about everything that I love about him the last (almost) five years learning with my daughters why we love our Daddy. Created at canva.com _____________________________________________________ Happy, happy 40th birthday Jon!

{a gift} #sos

  I read this new book: Grit for Girls and Young Women: Why the Most Difficult Challenges are So Important -- a gift from a dear friend to my daughters. She had no idea what those words did to me. Tears filled my eyes, succumbed to all the emotions of this spring and summer and the year of 2020. Especially, a summer of the not-so-relaxing, let-it-all-go, think-about-nothing kind of summer. But a summer of hearing data, growing concerns, and waiting. waiting. waiting. to hear plans for returning to school this fall. I guess I didn't realize how much I was holding in.  My ten year old daughter, Madison, walked into the room. "This book from Karen is awesome. I can't wait to read it with you. They are full of words that you need to hear, but I guess I did too --"    I caught my breath and asked, "Can I get a hug?" "Why? What's wrong, Mommy?" She pleaded as I walked over to her and we sat together embraced on the couch. I kissed the top of her hea

An Interview with Educator/Momma/Writer Ruth Ayres Celebrating #EnticingWriters + Giveaway!

I love sharing book titles with close friends, so I'm happy you are here! I want to share a book that you must add to your to-be-read list. Ruth Ayres has a brand new book titled  Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers   published by Stenhouse Publishers. It's another must read from Ruth. There are many professional development books available to learn about mastering our craft of teaching.   However, there are only a few that make a true impact -- and this is one book that weaves raw truth, research, practical ideas, and story all in one {cute} little package.  In  Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers , Ruth allows her worlds to collide during the creation:  "In this book, I entwine my three story lines as educator, momma, and writer." (p. 6) And she does this in an amazing way through sharing stories of her family, adoption, children living in hard places -- and doing their best  -- and healing. She shares how we can use research to understand how to