Once a week, for the past three years, my Grandson and I have been lucky enough to spend a full day together, exploring, creating and teaching each other important stuff, such as where to find the best snails, how to turn sticks into magic wands and how to pronounce very long dinosaur names without tying your tongue in a knot ...
We have laughed together, chatted together, argued together and snuggled together. We have worked out how to spin ourselves dizzy without being sick, how to swing to the moon, how to build convoluted train tracks to exciting destinations, how to paint ourselves from head to foot (actually that was just Toby!) and how to bake lopsided cakes. We have eaten a zillion fish fingers, danced carefree 'Groovy Moves', chased crazy wheelbarrow races, immersed ourselves in heaven only knows how many hundreds of storybooks and watched the garden grow in the minutest detail. We have splashed, stomped, swished, wiggled and stretched, then curled up, vegged in front of the tv and cuddled. We have listened, watched, tasted and touched ... prickles, fur, squelchy mud, berries, bark and undefined smelly slimey stuff.
We have tried not to go shopping because that's boring ... unless it's to the toy shop.
We have tried not to be grumpy, unless we are very tired ...
... and we have tried to be kind.
We have grown together, discovered the world together and had more fun together in those three years than any fifty-something Nana could ever have hoped for.
In a few short months, it will be time for this amazing young man to begin his pathway through school and I will miss our time together more than I can say ... but first we have the whole Summer to splash and chase our way through with Toby's little sister, my gorgeous Granddaughter Izzy. Then September school will mark an important turning point for Toby, but also a fun new beginning for Izzy and Nana, as we take toddler sized steps into our special time together.
Being a Nana is a rollercoaster of all things amazing and a ride I wouldn't miss for the world!