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Friday, March 26, 2010

Walking in the rain

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

April is just around the corner, and as the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers."

A fun thing that we could do with our grands—regardless of their ages—is to buy each of them a new spring umbrella.

For a grandchild who lives nearby, we may even want to have a special outing that not only includes shopping, but also lunch or a visit to a local park. We might even decide to buy matching umbrellas!

Of course, we could mail a long-distance grand a new umbrella with a special note. If we do this, we could ask our grandchildren to e-mail/mail us a picture when they actually are "walking in the rain" (of course, when there's no lightning).

Here’s a cute song that young children will enjoy that I found on the Internet:

April Showers Song

(to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

Pitter patter rain drops (wiggle fingers to imitate rain)
Falling from the sky (wiggle fingers downward)
Here's my umbrella (action of opening an umbrella)
Hold it high! (hands over head)
When the rain is over (bring hands down slowly)
and the sun begins to glow (make sun with arms)
Little flowers start to bud (Kneel down)
then grow, grow, grow!!! (slowly stand up)

Have a great weekend,
Mary's Examiner.com column

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Anonymous said...

Little children have such fun with parasols. My sisters and I treasured a large pink silk parasol with painted lotus blossoms given to us by a favorite aunt. One windy day, Theresa, (the brave sister) decided to jump off the very high playhouse roof knowing the wind would carry her to a soft landing in the grass below. We lined up to follow her plan. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t lift the umbrella and Theresa had a very hard landing. We learned that parasols are not parachutes. -Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

What a wonderful and fun memory, Rita! Theresa jumping off of the playhouse, thinking that the parasol would carry her to the grass like Mary Poppins, reminds me of a story my husband tells. As a boy he thought that he could fly over the coffee table like superman--wrong! - Mary