Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Live Nativity

This is Sean. He's about 10 years old in this picture. He has the faculty of always keeping me in stitches by his hysterically funny observations about life. He is one of the main reasons why grandparenting is so much more fun than parenting.

It was at this time of year, when he was about 3 1/2 years old, that he and I had a date to see an outdoor presentation of what happened on Christmas night 2000 plus years ago.

For our neck of the woods, it was an unseasonably mild night. But, always the cautious parent, his mama dressed him up real warm. Warm coat, wooly hat and mittens, and leggings (ski pants). I suspected he might be a tad warm in this get-up since it was about 50 degrees outdoors. As we were driving to the spot where the presentation was to take place, I warned him that he might feel too warm and that he might see other children dressed in much fewer layers of clothing. I asked him if he wanted me to remove his leggings. "Oh no, Gramma", he replied. "I have to wear my leggings, otherwise I may get a leg infection".

It was quite difficult for me to contain my giggles. It took me a few minutes to figure out his rationale for the "leg infections" but somewhere his little ears must have heard that old adage that, to avoid ear infections you must wear a warm hat(ears covered). His reasoning - same must go for legs - cover 'em up or you may get a leg infection !!!

I have hid this little story in my heart for many years. Sean has filled my heart with with his observations and I treasure each one he has shared with me. I keep them in a little journal exclusively for that purpose - just stories told to me by my grandchildren.

I should have done the same with my children but I guess I was too busy raising them, living life, being young...........

My grandchildren journal is a special delight. I'll share some of its treasures with you from time to time.


  1. A journal for grand-isms is a wonderful idea! :) Love your Sean story!

  2. That is so cool you keep a journal just for that. That is fabulous@

  3. hahaha! That's so fun! And what an obedient boy :)

  4. Rita - how wonderful to keep that journal. My grandsons are everything to me. They are such a joy!


  5. Great story. Great memory. Cool kid.

  6. Great post -- glad you joined the blogging world!
    Someone should warn your grandchildren that all their imbarrassing stories are going to be posted on the internet.

  7. Rita, what a great idea to journal about the lil
    tidbits and precious comments of your grand children. They will be so glad you did that when they have grown all up to share with their children. Loved to read about this one....♥

  8. So funny! I love the rationale of a child. Good job Gramma for figuring that out.

  9. What great memories and you will always treasure that journal. Awesome idea.

  10. what a cute little memory, I love it! and I love that you are writing them down! the parents will so appreciate getting to read them too as like you mentioned when you are the parent you forget to do stuff like this

  11. This is a most adorable story! You make me smile... thanks for sharing his sweetness, and humor with us! love it!

  12. I agree with you about Grandkids. They positively make life so much FUN!

    I think you have a great blog here. Looking forward to reading more of your stories.