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The Magic (And I Dont Mean The Basketball Team From Orlando!!!)

Friday, April 02, 2010

My granddaughter is coming for Easter. This is wonderful on so many levels. First, the energy level ramps up tenfold in the house when she is around. Don’t make any plans for “me” time” unless it directly relates to her. The term whirlwind is an understatement. When you are four and a half there in an unlimited supply of energy and the dirtiest word in your vocabulary is “nap.” (As I get older it’s becoming my favorite word!!!)

She brings something really unique to the table. It revolves around the glow in her eyes and the fact that she really believes in magic. Not the kind of magic you see on infomercials, the kind of magic a four year old believes in. She knows there is an Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. No, she has never seen them or talked to them. (She has known since age three that the voice on the other end of the phone is not Santa but me) She knows what the rules are and she is happy to abide by them. She will walk into my office count the pictures she drew that hang on my wall, produce one more from behind her back and walk away with the smug satisfaction there will never be room for a Picasso or Monet as long as her art work is hanging there.

She calls just to say hello and there are always lots of giggles and “I love you's.”

She believes in the magic of life. She believes in having fun. There are no deadlines, no bills no worries about economies, healthcare and military involvement in a strange land. She goes to the park and immediately creates relationships with the hundred other kids vying for the slide, swing and monkey bars and they spend about fifteen seconds working everything out and viola the fun begins and doesn’t end until some adult who is tired of sitting on a wooden park bench comes to end it.
She simply believes in magic and it oozes out of her pours every time you talk to her. There is a “what can we do next” look on her face all the time along with high anticipation of fun. Too bad we can’t hold onto that for eternity. The day will come when the mantle of maturity will be thrust upon her and she will be miserable like all the rest of us. She’ll watch CNN and FOX and all those other purveyors of doom and she will grow sad.

Not if I can help it. Next to my wife, my granddaughter has taught me more about life in her short tenure here on this planet than anyone else I know.

I know longer watch the news. If I am going to be upset with someone or a group of someone’s I am going to arrive at that conclusion all on my own. A few weeks ago she sat down with me and gave me one of those “we have to talk.” looks. I had been pulling her braid when she turned her back to me.

“Pappy,” she began. “If you don’t quit doing that, then I am not going to play with you anymore.” She smiled, gave me a hug and turned around again. Case closed. Do what you are supposed to do or I don’t roll with you. I won’t lose any sleep over it and please be quiet I am watching a cartoon and oh yeah I love you.

I watch the weather and the sports scores. I read things that lift me up not weigh me down. I make a conscious effort every single day to find something mystical and magical about my life and the people in it. I am “growing down.”

My granddaughter has taught me to believe in the true power of the beauty of this world and most of the people in it. She causes me to look for magic and fun as I look for health and happiness. She shows me it’s not found in the pages of Fortune, Forbes or The Wall Street Journal, but in a quiet afternoon, drawing with chalk on the sidewalk.

So I take you my dear Sparkies with me today and challenge you to look only for the magic today because it’s been waiting for you to acknowledge it in your life
Big Hug, big grin.

Wanna go play on the swings?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRIPLE_EMME 4/5/2010 10:24AM

    I'm a little late in reading this blog entry. I hope that your visit with your granddaughter was extra special. She sounds like so much fun!

I would love to play on the swings!

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ROBINRC1 4/3/2010 1:57PM

  Our children & grandchildren remind us what is important in life!! Have a great weekend with lots of hug & kisses !! emoticon

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GEINAHG0757 4/2/2010 8:02PM

    I miss my children being little and have no grandchildren. (I used to LOVE going to the park and swinging.) Enjoy EVERY moment with that little miss! Sounds like she has a great view of the world.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/2/2010 6:53PM

    Love it!

No more words needed....

for goodness sake Boss, will you stop giving me goosebumps!
I hate being cold!!! .



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ANNSTOECKL 4/2/2010 2:49PM


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    Magic...the twinkle in the eye of your loved one...the fun of picking and blowing dandelions...blowing bubbles...watching fireworks...sailing a leaf boat down the stream or the gutter... emoticon Thanks, John!



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1WALKINGMAN 4/2/2010 11:36AM

    I stopped watching and listening to the news back in September, 08 and really do not even miss it. The whole world would be a lot better off if more people were out improving our world instead of listening about others are out messing it up. emoticon

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    My husband and I backed off of watching the news years ago. I'm a very happy and contented person and don't need to be bombarded with bad news. Your grand daughter is my kind of person. enjoy.

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WANDAH3 4/2/2010 10:58AM

    Love your blog...your love for your granddaughter fills every word. Children are such a wonderful gift from God. They are here to teach us all the beauties you have expressed. Many of us are just to blind to see it, so wrapped up in the miseries of the world that we have become blind to the beauty that surrounds us and the blessings. I'm so glad you have your eyes wide open.
Enjoy your wonderful granddaughter time.


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WALKNLOVE 4/2/2010 10:35AM

    I used to teach 4 year olds and my but the "magic" of just hanging out with them...their unconditional love, the innocent way they look at life, their "way to cute" perspective on things that can make you "bust a gut" laughing.We can learn a lot from them...
like the color of people's skin doesn't matter
like sharing is caring
like God is great & God is good
like let us thank Him for our food
like "everybody, everywhere clean up, clean up"(clean up after your messes in life)
Like Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so....
The list goes on and on....

And when it comes to the "horrible news", why does everyone take FOX or CNN as the "gospel truth", because most times, they are not.Any why do we buy into it? And why don't they spend more time reporting the good going on in our world? Why does the world have to be so negative? BECAUSE they are the world, and we are not.We are in this world, but not of it.It's up to us to show them the way, the truth, and the light....another lesson from a child's song..."Hide it under a bushel NO! I'm gonna let it shine!" Shine on my friend...there's a little someone looking for the "spark" in your eyes!

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CMBELISLE 4/2/2010 10:31AM

    The swings are probably my favorite, but the trapeze bar was a close second. Nothing quite like swinging AND getting to do it upside down. I love to swing when I get the chance, but these days, my legs are usually too long and my hips too wide. However, I do still try and the last time I had to get off after a few to give a child his turn on the swings. That kid was really staring me down.

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GREENCAT1 4/2/2010 10:14AM

    I can't wait to have a grandchild. Six kids - no grandkids yet! emoticon

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TNTEACHER2 4/2/2010 10:12AM

    Hey, John,
I feel the same way you do about the news. While I vote in elections, I do not obsess about them. I read a book while my husband watches the news. I am optimistic and he is a pessimist.

A cute four year old story from long ago. The neighbor's little girl knocked on my door with a picture she had made. I praised her, and immediately placed it on the fridge with a magnet. She got a funny look on her face and tromped our the door. In a few minutes she came back, handed me a different picture, and announced, "Here is a delicious sundae for you to put on the refrigerator. Now hang the other one on the wall.."


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VTORIA3 4/2/2010 10:06AM

    Bravo! Excellent blog. Being the grandmother of two, I agree that they teach us much about the wonder of each and every day. If I arrive with the weight of the world on my shoulders, I soon forget what it was that weighed on me so heavily. What a gift they share. Enjoy your Easter time with your granddaughter.

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STORMTMB 4/2/2010 10:01AM

    So many people look at me funny when I tell them how many times each year I go to Disney World (I'm an annual passholder) because, after all, it's for children. And I don't have any children. My best friend and I go. We spend about 30 days a year there. The magic is phenomenal, even for adults. I get lots of character pictures. I watch the parade. I stop and admire the beauty of their landscaping. I look for the details that they put into every attraction. I look for Hidden Mickeys. Mary Poppins is the only "face character" that I'll have my picture with. I love her as if I was still 5. I found my Magic at Disney when I was 18 and it has only gotten better over the years.

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MONTANA_ED 4/2/2010 9:55AM

    It's amazing at what children can teach us. Well, maybe not teach us - but remind us of what is inside each and every one of us. We just need to let it out and play. This is a great blog and I hope you have lots of fun with your granddaughter!


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AMYTATH 4/2/2010 9:50AM

    First let me say that I love this blog.

I learn so much through the tiny, fresh eyes of my 2 1/2 year old. I love to see him see things for the first time. And I love the fact that he truly believes there are monkeys in the woods and that when we see one Daddy will catch it for him.

We have not watched the news in years. It only upsets us and we decided that the most important things in OUR lives is in our livingroom, running and playing and dancing and singing.

Oh, and those parents on the benches have always peeved us off a little, we are running and playing with Joey and we take turns on the swing next to him (he dictates who swings next) We slide down the slide with him, help him climb the rock wall ect. Helps keep us young at heart even if our body keeps aging!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/2/2010 9:35AM

    Defintely the swing, it gives you a feeling of flying and freedom, at age 66, if I go to the park I'll still sit and swing, there are bits and pieces of childhood we can hold onto forever, I never heard o fit written in stone that we have to entirely grow up, lol. Sunday we'll have our kids, grand kids and great grand kids here, I've got a craft for them to do and bottles of bubbles to blow and have fun with, and there is a playground here between our building and the townhouses in back, so I am sure it will be a day full of fun. Enjoy your granddaughter and let your inner child out to play. It sounds like she pretty much adores her grandpa. Blessings to you and yours.


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DOLLBABE56 4/2/2010 9:11AM

    Great blog! I look forward to the day we have grandchildren (hopefully we will).

I don't watch the news, and rarely read a newspaper. Oh yes, I do watch the weather sometimes. I don't want more depression in my life - there is nothing I can do about what goes on in the world. Okay, this last statement worries me. I do need to be more informed about what is happening in our country/world. Especially when it comes to politics. I tend to be uninformed when I vote for any official. I go by intuition?, you could say. I know that it sounds odd. But that is how I've always been. So in actuality, do you suppose if I start being more informed, I will not be my true self? hmmmm.... I feel at times that I've never fully grown up. I'm 53 and in my mind I AM still very young at times. I guess that is a good thing. lol


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CROBINGO 4/2/2010 8:58AM

    I love the magic in the eyes! I remember thinking the same thing about my daughter. At times I could see the sugar plums and the magic of life just dancing in her eyes.

So lucky that you have that, SHE has that, You recognize it in her, and that you both enjoy each other so much. I had that with my Grandfather and he is long gone but that relationship still lives inside me.

At times he is the voice in my head. Others he is a wonderful memory or just the wonderfulness of our time together. So lucky for both of you. Enjoy!

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OHYESITSME1 4/2/2010 8:50AM

    I perfer the swing myself. When I worked in the mental health field, the very first prescription I would give all of my patients is: NO news, TV, or newspaper for 1 week if not longer. Amazing how ignorance really is bliss.

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JUSTLYLE 4/2/2010 8:50AM

    Great blog John, they sure can bring out the magic in all of us.
My 6 and 8 year old GS came for a short time yesterday and reminded me they brought their ball gloves with them, with that "please" look in their eyes said could you play some catch with us? You just find time for that.
Grandpa Skeeter emoticon

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NJMATTICE 4/2/2010 8:20AM

    I prefer the Monkey Bars, but I'll try a swing for a change.

Thanks for seeing the magic and believing in the magic. It creates more in the world. We can't all be "artists" but we all can appreciate good art. Patron of the MAGIC. I like the sounds of that. "I'm a patron of the Magic"
Enjoy your Holy Week services and all that unseen magic as well.

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