When my grandchildren come to visit, it is among the happiest times in my life. Having taught for many years, I knew that being around children was going to be something I would enjoy and indeed it was. I have taught all ages of students and surrounding myself with young people has made my life better in every way.
Having grandchildren was something I looked forward to and once I had my three beautiful babes, my life was changed for the “even better.” Thankfully, I have been able to be with them often as they navigated their early years, and now, at 8, 10, and 12, being with them often is something I truly cherish.
As an educator, I am wary of the inordinate amount of time children are spending in front of a screen. And, yes, my grandkids are part of the crowd, but in the positive column, they also like to play, pretend, make, hike and create. This spring break visit, the activities included:
- riding the four-wheeler
- making fashion outfits out of scarves
- having a fashion show
- playing “store”
- hiking to the creek
- playing board games
- playing in the tree house
- making a fort
- shopping at the Dollar Tree
- making a bed tent
And, even though I am an AARP member, I had such a good time that I am counting the days until summer and what we call Camp Gigi (that’s me!).
So, what’s my point? It is that for those who do not have grandchildren, it’s time to find some kids who need some exercise in the neighborhood park with an older friend who thinks they are cool. Really! Being around children is like an elixir, and there are so many who need a leg up.
If you have grandchildren, lucky you, take them camping and leave their parents at home. Have them spend the weekend and take on an anything goes attitude. Give them your full attention. Listen to them. Learn from them. Get to know them better. You will be making important memories for yourself and, most importantly, for them.