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Satisfaction

This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

“Grandchildren are their grandparents’ toys.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana ~

While visiting my daughter and her family in San Diego, I had the opportunity to care for my grandson, Tanner, while his Dad was traveling for work and Mom was away celebrating a friend’s birthday. We decided to take a walk and get a treat. I asked Tanner if he wanted to share an Acai bowl but he wanted a pink ice cream cone. I ordered him a small strawberry and myself a small Acai bowl. Not sure what the size of their large ice is but as you can see their small is pretty large for this little guy.

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After handing him his cone I walked back to grab the Acai bowl and a spoon. Realizing we would need some napkins I left to grab a small stack. When I returned, look who had my spoon and was enjoying the Acai bowl.

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I said, “I thought you didn’t want one.”

Tanner smiled and said, “You can share.”

His face beamed with pleasure and self-satisfaction. How could I resist. I returned for another spoon as he continued to lick his ice cream then take a bite of my treat.

His ice cream began to melt and he sat looking at it overflowing the sides of the cone. I grabbed a cup to set underneath to catch the liquid. Tanner looked up and said, “Mimi, doesn’t this remind you of a volcano?” Looking at the melting ice cream he said, “See, this is the lava?”

At three and a half, I had no idea he even knew what a volcano was. Then he told me about Hawaii, volcanos, and how one day he was going to live in Hawaii. It is his favorite place. This lucky little fellow has visited Hawaii with his parents a couple of times and has decided that is where he shall call home when he grows up. We agreed that I should travel with them on their next trip and stay with him at his home in Hawaii when he moves there.

In case you are wondering, he didn’t finish either of the treats.

“Grandchildren are loving reminders of what we’re really here for.” ~ Janet Lanese ~

Love this little guy. Luckily for me he will be visiting next week. Maybe we will visit a local ice cream parlor with this cousins. I don’t believe the cones will be quite as large this time.

If you are interested in viewing more photos for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Transience of Childhood

Drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence: this week, share your photos of transient.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.                                 ~ Walt Straightiff ~

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things we don’t expect to see. ~ Douglas Adams ~

It’s a transient moment in time when a child is inquisitive and open to everything in the world around them. Then he/she begins to see through the filtered lens of his parents, relatives, teachers, and society – never again to explore the world through innocent eyes.

My grandson, Colt, noticing his shadow for the first time allowed my daughter and I to experience what it must have felt like to see our own shadow for the first time. The same for my grandson, Tanner, when he was handed a sparkler. It was a treat watching him enjoy the sparks flying in the air, lighting the darkness around us. If you want to see the world anew, witness it through the eyes of a small child.

Childhood is a transient and feels even more so today. So allow yourself to slow down and pay attention when with small children. Allow them to touch trees, walk barefoot, pick up leaves, spiders and worms. Encourage them explore the world around them without sharing your own fears and insecurities about what they are doing (of course keeping safety in mind). See through their eyes and explore the world around you anew.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Fun!

This week’s theme is simple: share a photo of something fun! Let’s all shake our booties, literal or figurative.

This week I had the privilege of having some fun with my two year old grandson in San Diego. We went for a walk to Rite Aid so I could pick up a pair of flip flops and my grandson wanted an ice cream. Two year olds love colorful ice cream so we went with the Bubblegum flavor. San Diego is experiencing a heat wave which resulted in some melting ice cream as soon as we left the store. Two blocks later this was the little face under the cover of the carriage. Oh what fun Tanner had. Check out his nose:)

 

Later in the day we headed to the water park for some fun in the water and a picnic.

Tanner had fun running in the water while his mother and I had fun watching him experiencing running through the water. As he became a little more comfortable with the water fountains he climbed up and stood over the water flow. Pure joy and fun was had by all.

While watching Tanner, Channel 9 San Diego newsman stopped to ask me my thoughts on the heat. As I was in the moment, the heat was not really bothering me and coming from high 90s in upstate New York, the 80s in San Diego wasn’t bothering me. Not sure my response was the response they were looking for as they were discussing the heat wave across the country. Guess if you are in the midst of having fun at a water park you don’t really think about anything else.

There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes in the midst of having fun it is better to release thought about problems that you haven’t any control over anyway. Do you live in the moment? Or, is your mind always focused on what you have no control over?

It has been such a fun week visiting my daughter and her family. I look forward to more fun for the remainder of the week!!

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Love and Light!


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Love this weeks challenge especially when I realized I had captured a few different settings with the color of the rainbow. The first two photos are of my grandson Tanner. I went to visit him when he was seven months old and watched him interact with other children at Gymboree. Then last month I had the opportunity to visit him again, now 18 months. As you can see he has changed quite a bit. The same little girl is still his best friend. It was such fun watching his interactions with the other children and to see his development over the year in between visits. Miss him but so grateful for FaceTime.

The next photo, taken at a Mexican Restaurant in San Diego, was very colorful and captures the color spectrum of the rainbow. Wish I could remember the name of the restaurant because the food was delicious and the decorations captured the energy of the locale.

Colorful Mexican Restaurant in San Diego, CA

Colorful Mexican Restaurant in San Diego, CA

Morning Delight

Morning Delight

This photo was taken in the morning when I walked into the living room and noticed that rainbow reflecting on the wall with the dragonfly shadow. Living mindfully allows one to notice things that might be missed when moving too quickly through life. This is a perfect example. If I had been moving too quickly through the living room this gift would have been missed.

 

 

 

 

 

The book lover in me could not pass over this photo. There is a rainbow of color captured on the shelves in the library. Once again, when visiting the library if you can slow down you will notice the various colors, shapes and sizes of the books. Try to find the smallest book, the largest book while visiting. Bring children to the library with you and share the joy of books and reading with them.

A colorful rainbow of books

A colorful rainbow of books

Local libraries, at least in the U.S., have many programs available for children and adults. I visit my favorite library, my niece is the librarian so of course this is my favorite. They offers several programs and book clubs for all ages. I am a member of the bookclub that meets on the third Friday of the month. It is like visiting family every time I attend. Do you have a favorite local library?

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”

Living big and enjoying life.

Love and Light!

 

 


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The Pleasure of Play!

A snapshot of one afternoon with children.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing time with my sister, brother-in-law and their granddaughters, my great-nieces. This was a special treat. The girls live in CT and when they do come to visit my sister, there generally isn’t time for them to travel to my home. That is what made this visit so special.

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Standing tall

 

Play time

Play time

 

Many sisters argue and fight almost constantly throughout the day, especially when they share bedrooms. Just don’t let anyone come in-between them – that’s when their true love rises to the surface. I have four sisters myself and growing up we had some verbal and physical altercations, especially the three youngest of the group. But, let anyone say something nasty or do anything to the other sister and we would come together in a heart beat to protect and comfort one another. I was the youngest of the five girls with a fourteen year span between the oldest and myself. I started Kindergarten the same year my older two sister’s graduated high school. My poor Dad, living in a house of five daughters. It could not have been easy, except it did place him in the position of King of the household and we all cherished him.

Having my great-nieces visit reminded me of earlier days with my own sisters, especially their Nonnie. She and I were four years apart and have remained close throughout the years, sharing time with each others children and now grandchildren. As you will see from the photos, they were captured sharing laughs and hugs.  Poking and arguing are to be expected as they learn and develop relationships with others in their world. It is between sibling rivalry that children practice their relationship skills and release shadows of normal existence to the surface where they can be viewed and discussed. In the end, hugs and love survive.

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Sisterly love

 

Sisters having fun

Sisters having fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When my sister is with her grandchildren she shines and there is always a smile on her face. They can get her to do anything and she doesn’t mind. I think she actually glows when in their presence.

The girls love my old house, the swings, the nearby trails and that I am close to Barnes and Noble. We played outside, took a short walk and then went for a book and snack.

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Em’s pinecone

During our adventure to the woods we noticed several deer trails. The girls were amazed to find out that the sand under foot was originally part of the ocean centuries ago.

Hand prints in the sand

Hand prints in the sand

If you have children in your life or whenever someone visit with children, get up from the table or living room and get outside on an adventure. Children are wonderful and you can learn so much if you talk less and listen more.

 

Both girls picked out a book and then a treat. It was so nice to sit and listen to their likes and dislikes. To watch their interactions and how different their personalities are. Em is very outgoing and doesn’t hold back. Abby is more reserved. Each is unique and wonderful to spend time with. After treats at Barnes and Noble we went into the mall to visit the Journey Through the Body exhibit. The ‘big’ kids were just as interested as the younger ones. Emily thought nothing of grabbing a pair of gloves and pulling them on so she could touch the pig heart. Abby followed her lead. Fun was had by all!!

Looking forward to the girls next visit with Nonnie and having them return for a visit at my house. Possibly the next time we can have an overnight and carry the fun into the next day.

Having grandchildren can be a wonderful experience, having great-nieces and nephews can be the same. For me, having any children around can be just as much of a pleasure. Taking them outside in nature can add to the  experience. Actively playing with them, priceless. Even if we hadn’t gone to Barnes and Noble, the visit would have been fun because you do not need to spend money or have a big house filled with ‘stuff’ to amuse children. Just sitting on a swing or on the grass and letting them tell you their story allows your hearts to grow and connect. On a rainy day having a tea party, dressing up in old clothing, playing games, or making collages can fill the day with a fun experience for all. There is no money that can replace that connection.

Love and Light,
Sandy


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

Fleeting moments in time shared with my grandchildren. They grow quickly and with my grandson living in California and I in New York it seems that the moments we are together are brief. My granddaughter is now ready to graduate from college and time spent with her is brief as well so capturing moments in time are very important to me. My granddaughter observes her father’s (my son’s) drawings. Tanner enjoys bubbles and riding on his dog, Mojo when he is six months old. In the blink of an eye he is one and lying on the floor reading a book with me.