Saturday, February 20, 2010

I'm a Grandparent!

OK, now that I have your attention, I have a confession. Jill & Eric are NOT providing me with my first grandchild.

Instead, I got to be a substitute grandma at Stafford Schools' Grandparent Day in the library yesterday. Or, if we preferred, we could be labeled a "Grand Pal."

No matter the terminology, I enjoyed my day.

Back when Jill & Brent were in grade school, they were well blessed with grandparents who willingly attended Grandparent Days at school. In fact, they often had two grandparents apiece.

At church last week, there was a plea for substitute grandparents. It seems that many elementary-aged children don't have grandparents living nearby or they couldn't get off work to attend.

Since the event was centered in the school library, I didn't have to have my arm twisted. I love reading. I love books. I love kids. I love book fairs.

We chose library books to read, had refreshments and visited the book fair.

I got matched with a fifth grader during one session and a kindergartener during another. The fifth grader talked as quickly and as adamantly as an elementary-aged Jill many years ago. We talked about dogs, cats, horses, families and school. We found a book featuring funny photos of animals having bad hair days.

The kindergarten girl was a little more shy. She loves pink. She loves princesses. When I asked her about what kind of book she'd like to have from the book fair, it didn't take long for her to say a "princess book." She examined all the princess and Barbie books and ended up with one that featured Ariel on one side and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the other.

What a fun morning (even if I am MUCH too young to be the grandmother of a 5th grader. Well ... maybe!?)


  1. Good for you! What a great thing to do!!

  2. Definately had me fooled for a second. But glad you had a good day as a grand pal.