the six-pack is back
hard to get
the grandies all in place at one time
bigger and better than ever
along with sweet dog, nia
now one of the pack.
“one who doesn’t roll the dice can never expect to score a six.”
naviot singh sidhu
“the six pack’- my grandies all kind of sitting still in one place at one time
on national grandparents day
i am reminded of this afternoon
5 years ago in the park
you always were
from the youngest age
each your very own person
i’m so happy to be ‘peaches’ to every one of you.
“when a child is born, so are grandmothers.”
when driving with grandie f
he asked me
what a ‘party line’ was.
he said it was mentioned
in an article he was reading
and it advised him to
‘ask a grandma or google’
if he needed an explanation.
I think that was a brilliant suggestion
that between the two sources
we have most everything covered.
“as I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.”
we went to
one of my grandie’s soccer games
his day to bring the snack
a variety pack
filled with all things crunchy and wonderful
he was really excited to share the treats
that his favorites would all be gone
i told him that it was important to offer them all
and then to eat whatever was left
he might be able to up the odds a little bit
by putting his favorites at the bottom of the box
that way he was more likely to have them left over
and he didn’t have to feel bad
because he had offered all of them to his team
if he was meant to have them
they would still be there
it was nice of him to have shared them
i watched as he thought it over
carefully put his ‘puffy cheetos’ on the bottom.
after the game he shared the snacks
and was delighted to see
his favorites were still there.
my daughter said that this was probably
the advice he would remember most from me
not to be kind, to be fair, or to take turns
to put your favorites in the bottom of the box,
offer them to your friends
cross your fingers
hope for the best.
nothing wrong with hoping for the best.
grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief
they haven’t thought of yet.
~ gene perret
august is national peach month
was my nickname
as a young child
as a grandmother.
it feels like a perfect fit.
Peach Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing.
• 1 cup blueberries
• 2 peaches
• Juice from 1 lime
• 3 Tbsp honey
• Fresh mint leaves
Directions: Wash the blueberries and peaches. Cut the peaches into wedges. Arrange the blueberries and slices of peaches on a platter. Mix the lime juice and honey and drizzle over the fruit. Add fresh mint leaves, sliced thin or whole, and toss everything together. Enjoy.
sunrise paints the sky with pinks
and the sunset with peaches.
Cool to warm.
so is the progression from childhood to old age.
– vera nazarian
image and recipe credits:
middle daughter h, brought grandbabies j and b to ann arbor to visit me (peaches), for the day.
and what an adventure it turned out to be.
we stopped by for a book reading and a bit of play at our favorite book shop.
after a pizza and pop lunch we strolled right onto the edge of our town’s annual hashbash,
where we met a blue and purple dog and lots of friendly hippies of all ages.
and chased giant magic bubbles all over the diag.
and we saw a drone overhead and it looked like a scary flying spider.
and two of us ran into each other.
and one of us threw up after all the junk food and excitement.
and we went to the park and got wet and sandy.
and then some of us were really, really tired.
but not peaches.
and we were all still smiling.
it was a day.
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. ~ Ellen DeGeneres
my daughter posted this pic of grand baby j, looking out of the mail slot for me,
calling out, ‘grandma, grandma?’
Once the bear’s hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps. – Harold MacMillan
family math: take my 3 daughters, all close in age. now grown and each with their own 2 children, also close in age, all under age 6. mix it all together and it equals 6 grand babies and lots of love and life and joy. they all call me ‘peaches,’ a childhood nickname i’ve reclaimed. here is the cast of characters you may meet in past and future stories.
aussie grandsons – m and f
Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.