SAYING GOOD-BYE TO MY PETE (the younger version)

Pete 2

AND HELLO TO PETE (the older version)

You’re a good looking hunk, I must say!  Is hunk okay now-a-days?

Not chap, dude, or bloke, is it?  😀

Dear Blogging Friends,  you have met some of my very special family members.  Today I am introducing Pete, my grandson, to you.  Today is Pete’s twentieth birthday.  As of this year, I’m moving Pete to my special salutes to men.  A man—Pete.

But first, Pete, I want you to know some things I’m going to keep as I let my image of you move into manhood.

  1. Our Uno games have changed to Rummikub—Oh, games, yes I going to keep the Rummikub. Sometime before I’m old and gray, you might be back.  And I’m gonna hold my own while I gracefully submit to losing a game or two!
  2. I’m going to keep my story about you counting the twenty dollar bills at about four years old. You have heard it probably about twenty times—here again, you count—”20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200,” then you say “I’m gonna count them backward—”200, 180, 160, 140, 120, 100, 80, 60, 40, 20, what’s next Granma?” I tell you to put it down and see.  “Oh, yeah,” you say, “Zero.”  It would be too much to ask me to never tell that story again.  When you asked me if you could count them, I thought you meant to count from 1 to twenty, I couldn’t believe my ears when you started counting by 20’s!
  3. And your soccer pictures? Oh, I have to keep some of them.  But I’m trying to let go.  I put my favorite little boy one in the cedar chest.
  4. My memory of how much you loved going to church. You asked me one time, “Grandma, when will I have to stop going to church?”  What? – I couldn’t believe my ears.  Oh, Pete, never think you are too big—or even big enough—to stop going to church.  Why look at your Daddy.  He still gets his strength from Jesus—and he knows church is a good place to “fill up.”
  5. And your reading. You read your Little Kids Bible when you were about five, maybe.  You showed me the book and said, “Do you want to see my favorite story?”  I said, “Yes,” thinking you would go to Samson or David or maybe even Daniel in the lion’s den.  Nope, you quickly turned to the NT and showed me the picture of Jesus with the little kiddies gathered round.
  6. And, at abut eight, we passed some weird looking teens in Walmart. You said, “Yuk, teenagers!”

Well, not only did you reach teens but you breezed through them with a considerable amount of self control, choosing mostly to do the smarter things.  Not that I would likely know whether or not you “dumbed down” occasionally.  But you didn’t get your body wall papered, orange and purple hair, DUI tickets, or a future generation, did you?  But I do know that you have become a man—and I believe a man of integrity.

Your daddy tells me you have been accepted into a very good college next year, and that you are going to major in kinesiology.  Sounds like a very good choice but I wish it were not a thousand miles away.  But I’m with you, my Pete, go with my love.  Go with God.



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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22 Responses to SAYING GOOD-BYE TO MY PETE (the younger version)

  1. simpledimple says:

    Happy 20th birthday to your handsome Grandson – Pete! May God continue to uphold him and may he grow in wisdom and love. Amen. Thank you for sharing these rare family values. 🙂

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    You are the sweetest grandma…

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Dawn. I’m a long time writing some of the things that are important to me and, I think, to my family I guess I also hope to plant some seed into the hearts of my talented writing audience – to say, “I can do that.” 😀

  3. gloverdeb says:

    Happy birthday to Pete! He is a mirror of one with good parents and of course an understanding Grandma. God bless you richly.

    • oneta hayes says:

      And may He bless you many time over! Pete has provided me with much joy. He lived close by when he was little, but moved to Florida when he was in fourth grade. Face Book made it possible for me to follow his soccer and water boarding for a good bit of this time. He is more into some of the other media now but I think he will get our good wishes.. Thanks for comments.

  4. Faye says:

    A lovely written tribute to Pete. Happy Birthday Pete!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Faye. You are such a regular contributor to me, that I feel you are family! I’ll continue sharing others as birthdays come along. As I write about some of the older ones, maybe they will read my blog! It’s a busy, busy world for adults.

  5. judyjourneys says:

    What a precious tribute! I am glad to know of this ongoing loving relationship.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Judy. Pete’s sister, Alayna, is also in Florida. Alayna does FB pretty often. She is gorgeous, lovely, and loving. I miss them. Thanks for your comments.

  6. timelesswheel says:

    Such a sweet post 😊

  7. luckyjc007 says:

    Happy Birthday to Pete. I’m sure he knows and appreciates the love and admiration you have for him and this post is such a sweet thing to share.

  8. Thank you, One of my best friends in life was a man named Pete. He was more Grandfather or Great Grandfather in age to me.
    I hope Grandson Pete does well.

    • oneta hayes says:

      My daddy was known as Pete (young Pete’s namesake). His name was James Samuel; I have no idea why he was called Pete. They are all gone, so I’m sure I will never find out. To me he was daddy; to my kids he was Grandpa Pete. Thanks for the comment.

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