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.