Nanaimo, B.C.

“I’ll take you for lunch if you like.” Of course, I’d like.  “Can I bring my camera?” “Sure.” So we head downtown with no particular destination in mind, other than to find a place near the water.  At the harbour front we find a park with manicured gardens, concrete walkways, and plenty of parking. “Let’s […]

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Kind and Caring (Cee’s FFC)

Her greatness comes in the kindness she shares a grandmother whose motive is only to care: An example whose ripples are felt down the line by a grandson who takes time to listen and chat: and granddaughters who practice her loving art: the legacy passes from one generation to the next – kindness and caring, […]

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Texting Love

hi grandma i miss you so mach i am so excited The text came unexpectedly, one Saturday morning.  It was clearly from our granddaughter, Finn. to see you, the message continued, my mom and me are so glad you will cane back Finn is six and in grade 1.  Her mom did tell me she is top of […]

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Curiosity is the Mind of a Child

“Grandma, you are just like my mom!” We are snuggled in against the cold night air, having a sleep over. “Well, I am your mom’s Mom.” “Yeah,” she says hugging me tighter, “she’s your kid!” At five, Sloane likes to explore connections, turning things over, understanding things from different angles.  The next day, she finds […]

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A 5-year-old Muses

“Grandma, do you drive?” “No, Love, not right now.?” “But you can drive, right?  Do you have a license…actually, what is a license?” “It’s a little piece of paper that says you’ve passed your driving test.” We’re snuggled into bed for the night, the second of a two-night sleepover.  She is five, and I am […]

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Do Grandchildren Prolong Life?

A recent Facebook post suggested that babysitting contributes to prolonged life for grandparents.  Given how exhausted I am after spending time with my granddaughters, I find that hard to believe, and yet… there is an undeniable glow that lingers for days every time I am exposed to those precious little souls. “You spend all of […]

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On Acceptance and Illness

“Grandma, when will you be better?” It is 5:00 on a school morning, and I am sitting at my granddaughter’s bedside nursing her through a sore tummy. “Not sure, Honey.” “Oh,” she shrugs.  She is four and has never known me any other way. Later, we snuggle up and watch Moana.  “You are just like […]

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