I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The best job I’ve ever had is being a grandmother. I’m lucky enough that out of my 10 grandkids, eight of them live within a 15 minute drive of our house. As a result, I see them often. But two of them live far, far away in Vermont.
They are visiting us this week and I’m having a chance to love them up and play with them. And, best of all, a chance to get to know them better.
I only had one child, and by the time Bill and I married, his children – who became my children – were nearly adults. So I didn’t really get a chance to watch them develop their personalities. Now God is giving me a second chance via my grandchildren.
What I’m learning is that boy-oh-boy, is every child different!
They are different because of gender. They are different because of family background. They are different because of their own personality traits. They are different because of birth order. Each one is his or her own little unique person. Of course, intellectually I knew this to be true. However, seeing it in action has really brought the fact home.
Joseph and Micah are visiting us from Vermont. Joseph just turned 5. He is loveable and gentle and likes to pretend. He giggles readily and is quick to give hugs, but mostly he is infinitely happy to be able to have this chance to spend lots and lots of time with his cousins. And his cousin Alastair, despite being four years older, is happy to have a boy cousin to play with for a change.
Micah, who will be 2 in a week, is a clown, plain and simple. In fact, his daycare provider needs to feed him 15 minutes before everyone else because he spends his entire lunch time trying to entertain the other kids and won’t eat unless he’s by himself. After spending time with him these past few days, I have no doubt this is true. The child is going to be a stand-up comedian.
Joseph, on the other hand, will work for the Peace Corps! What a pair.
Saturday we had a bunch of the grandchildren at our house for much of the day. Here are some of the fun times they had…..
In a complete non sequitur, here is a recipe for an incredibly delicious zucchini bread I made, using the ubiquitous zucchini that we all end up with via a friend or neighbor who didn’t remember not to plant more than one zucchini. It is delicious.
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup water
2 cups grated zucchini
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice. Mix wet ingredients into dry, add nuts and fold in. Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Alternately, bake in 5 mini loaf pans for about 45 minutes.
Nana’s Notes: I don’t care for nuts in any of my sweet breads, so I left them out. The bread is extremely moist and delicious. Micah ate a half a loaf by himself. You think I’m kidding.