Posted in Family, Grandchildren, Grandparents, le•top, tagged Adoption, Citadel, Family, Friends, General Electric, Grandchildren, Granddaughter, Grandparents, Grandson, Henry Mantu, Nana, Oma, Opa, Uncle on April 10, 2009 |
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Nana and Peepaw as penguins this past Halloween
A very close friend of mine, Tom, became a first-time uncle several years back. Of course, the chain of familial ties would then make his parents first-time grandparents. It would not be an understatement to say they were ECSTATIC to become grandparents. When this first grandchild was old enough to utter her first few words, she christened her grandfather, “Peepaw”. This distinguished man, having graduated from the Citadel, retiring after decades of service at GE as an engineer, and having raised 4 children with his wonderful wife, is now known by family and close friends as “Peepaw”! We have no idea how his adoring granddaughter came up with Peepaw, but it stuck. Peepaw’s wife is called, “Nana”…a name that I just love. I told her I’d always wished for a “Nana” of my own, and of course, she told me she would be mine…which so touched me that I teared up, so I got a big, loving hug from her…of course!…that’s what Nanas do!!
With her adoption of Henry Mantu, Carol, another close friend, made her parents into grandparents four times over. Henry Mantu’s grandparents are called, “Oma” and “Opa” (the German version of grandma and grandpa).
I don’t know, it seems like no matter what new name I hear, they all sound so endearing and special…I’m so charmed by them…probably because there’s just something so special about grandparents.
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Posted in Family, Friends, Grandchildren, Grandparents, le•top, tagged Children, Cyclamen, Gifts, Grandchildren, Grandmother, grandsons, Spring planting, tulip bulbs, Tulips, WInter plantings on April 10, 2009 |
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Nicholas and Dylan planting tulip bulbs
What magic of heart, soul and just serendipitous or fateful good fortune gives us the gifts that make life so abundant and fulfilling? Way back at Christmas time, Paul and I received a wonderful gift…Nicholas and Dylan (the grandsons of our heart) surprised us by planting beautiful red cyclamen in the bed by our pool. When we returned from Hong Kong, the color in the drab winter months was fabulous! Of course there was a great story that went along with their gift; Dylan (the younger, less ‘careful’ of our wonderful boys) somehow managed to fall in the pool! Needless to say the water was VERY cold back in December!
Nicholas and Dylan (in towel) after the planting and a little swim
This month we had our second ‘surprise’ gift – under the winter cyclamen the boys had planted tulips! This month they all popped up – a true riot of color! I LOVE tulips – they are such ‘happy’ flowers! Last Sunday Nicholas and Dylan were visiting, along with my grandsons Otto and Wade. Everyone was admiring the beautiful tulips when…SPLASH! Dylan, “never” vigilant, stepped backwards into the pool…again! Otto came in the house to tell us what had happened, but he was laughing so hard he couldn’t even talk!
When I look out my window I see bright beautiful tulips, and relive the laughter — but, mostly, I feel enormous gratitude to the winds that blew such cherished people into our lives.
Spring tulips, beautiful and riotously colorful, just like their gardeners!
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