Kidquips 12

April 8, 2013 | My Jottings

Saturday evening we had four grandchildren over for a few hours while their mama and daddy went to a wedding.

Clara, Elijah, Vivienne and Audrey always make beelines for their favorite things after they come in and hang up their coats, hats and mittens. This time Clara picked a book from our shelves about how to make dogs smile. Elijah always reads the Tintin books over and over, and says he never gets tired of them. Vivie went straight to my office, opened the closet and brought out a box of crayons and a pile of blank paper for drawing. And Audrey sat on my lap and listened while I read this book and this book to her, before going to the dining room table to join Vivie in their artistic pursuits.

Later on Audrey (age 5) presented me with a drawing she’d completed, and she said with her hugest grin and tons of delight and love in her voice, “Grandma, this is for you. It’s you and me, and we really love each other.”

Here is her drawing, with her signature at the top (you can click to enlarge if you’d like to see the fine details):


I know you might have a hard time telling which person is which in Audrey’s drawing, but some things are better left a mystery, so I’ll let you guess.  🙂

And here’s a recent picture of The Auds, taken at the preschool she attends twice a week:


These are the simple things that make me so happy.

To have the love of a child is to have treasure untold.


  1. Ember says:

    “To have the love of a child is to have treasure untold.”

    Indeed that is so.


  2. Just Julie says:

    Blessings on you dear Ember…. xxoo

  3. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Julie, little Audrey is quite the artist. She’s captured you so well – with your lovely smile and the loving-kindness just seeping out of you!
    I think you should frame this picture and hang it above your desk. Then, when you have one of your ‘down’ days (like we all have), this image will surely lift you.

  4. Just Julie says:

    I think framing this is a great idea Kay. I have many pieces of all the grandchildren’s artwork in a file — one or two from each hung on a large wall would be nice! I like how you think, and am sending a hug today… xxoo

  5. Larry says:

    The hair and longer arms were real give aways as to who she meant to show with her drawing

  6. Just Julie says:

    I agree Lar…and the glasses! xxoo

  7. Shari C. says:

    So sweet…kid’s art is the best art – straight from the heart! You are blessed, my friend!

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Shari. Someday I’ll show you some of their other drawings — Clara is into dragons right now, and she draws every scale! xxoo

  9. Shari C. says:

    I’d love to see those 🙂

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