Let’s chat about downsizing. I invited some friends over for lunch last week. As I set the table for three, I considered downsizing where it really hurts. Sixty years ago having lunch together meant husbands and kids also. Fourteen of us in those days. When downsizing means getting rid of knick-knacks, bed rolls, and cooking pots – not so bad. My two friends had been widowed and one lost a child – that’s painful. We did, howevet, have a great time reminiscing. We all have fair health and lots to live for. Grandchildren for one thing; great grandchildren for another.
Did I mention great grandchildren? Oh, what an opportunity to show you how my Jadalyn grows. LOL Hold it, stay right there. Let me tell you….
Jadalyn was eleven last week. Delightfully changing – child to pre-teen, becoming my fierce Rummikub foe. She wins about twice as many as I win. I love this picture of my changing child. Note her ability to take care of her baby doll – do you see the bottle in the doll’s mouth being held in place by Jadalyn’s chin while she sips country tea. You can see by her eyes, that she thinks she has grandma (me) in a spot. But I did win this one!
In the background there are four little siblings for whom Jadalyn gets to use the skills she hones with her baby doll. One of them is Addalyn.
Addy is five. The most independent of the girls when it comes to play time. She does take her turn at playing house or school, but she is more likely to be found cutting paper and coloring. Here she shows one of her coloring papers. She is pretty good at finding free color pages to print and color. (But another sibling generally manages the computer use.) Addy is the dress wearer. One finds her more often in dresses than shorts or jeans.
Another thing I have to tell you is that I was wrong about hating June bugs without cause. See here I thought June bugs were beneficial but I hated them anyway. (That was the lesson I was writing about.) BUT, I was WRONG. They are harmful. So I have cause – I just didn’t know why! I guess it was a learned trait taught to me by Farmer Dad and Gardener Mom. They knew how much damage June bugs can do! Oh, well, enough about June bugs!