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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

We found diamonds!

The boys' "snake house"
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Friday's Grand Connection Thought

Pops and I are building a house in the country, and we had our "kids" and grandkids over for a cookout last Saturday. We ate on the deck of what will soon be our new home.

After our five grandchildren left, Pops remarked that kids sure don't need much to be happy. That's because we had no toys for the children to enjoy, no books for them to read, and no balls for them to throw—but they had a blast!

The evening began with the smaller grandkids playing inside a huge cardboard box that's now sitting in what will be our family room. Then all of the girls made a "girls' club" and sat on some huge rocks.

The boys? Why they played with scraps of lumber and made a "snake house," certain that some unsuspecting snake would crawl up the stairs to the deck and enter their contraption.

While the kids were having fun, we adults sat on the deck and soaked in life until ...

"Diamonds, diamonds!" a granddaughter screamed as she dashed around the corner of the house. "Beautiful diamonds ... and there are lots of them!"

Her dad went to see what all of the excitement was about. He identified her discovery: broken glass.

I found a pad of paper, after everyone had left. Our oldest grandchild had apparently decided to make a list of the day's treasures:

  • 3 crstals
  • 2 strawberys
  • 1 old coin
  • 1 old string
  • 1 dung beetle
  • 1 plastic bag underground
  • 2 pieces of old metle
  • 2 hooks
  • broken glass
  • rock shaped like bager (I have no idea what this is)

Like Pops said, it doesn't take much to take kids happy!

Sometime when your grandkids come to visit, you may want to give them a pad of paper and ask them to jot down the treasurers they discover in your yard or house. Why, they might even find "diamonds"!

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Anonymous said...

What a marvelous gift of treasures. Always remember, “Children are true connoisseurs. What’s precious to them has no price, only value.” --Kaufman
Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, love what you said about things having value when they have no price!

My daughter-in-love explained one of the items on the list: "Rocks shaped like a "badger"--an animal kind of like a weasel :) I'm becoming fluent in childrenese"