|Lovin our new jammies and the evening sunshine beaming through the living room windows.|
Of course, Nana and Papa came bearing gifts. Birthday gifts and gifts just because. The aura of excitement in the air when children are tearing paper off gifts can be described and watched via technology...but can only be felt in your heart when one is there in person to breathe it in. We are so happy to have Nana and Papa home to breathe in that excitement.
This imaginary Grandpa joined our family about a year ago. He showed up in our home shortly after we had taken a trip to visit her Great-Grandpa who lives in a personal care home several hours away. Callie's "Grandpa" would buy her new Dora shoes, he has every toy at his house, he let's her do things like put her feet on the table, he takes her skating and swimming. This "Grandpa" is pretty amazing.
One day I asked her which Grandpa she was talking about because she doesn't have a Grandpa (both her grandfathers have the title Papa). She replied, "I do have a Grandpa. He lives in the hospital." I go on to explain that all these things she is doing with her Grandpa sound wonderful but they aren't true. Callie looked at me like I was crazy and said, "I know mom! It's just pretend."
If only her great-grandpa knew all the joy he brings to Callie. I picture him doing all these things with her and it brings a smile to my face. Get ready Grandpa because your next trip is to the Grand Canyon!