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Sunday, August 04, 2013

My grandchildren live a thousand miles away.
When I go for my annual visit, usually accompanied by my Gentleman Friend, we have an intense week.
My granddaughter is nine years old and has beautiful red hair. She is a competitive swimmer, so we always go to a swim meet.
Her brothers have their own athletic events. All the boys (all of them!..aged 12 to 70) love to shoot fireworks, so we try to make our visit during Independence Day!
We all love animals, so we never miss an opportunity to visit the zoo, wildlife park, and aquarium. We picnic at lakes where we can fish and watch birds, ducks, frogs, grass snakes and lizards.
We talk, and walk and maybe fit in a visit to a museum or a geocache.
As I said, it is intense! And exhausting!

The grandchildren of my Gentleman Friend live right here in our area.
I get to see them every week. I actually know them better than my own.
Yesterday was the birthday of the 8-year-old girl. WOW!! What an experience!
The adults sat in the backyard while 8 siblings and cousins raced around from the fort to the swimming pool to the playhouse, all shouting at the tops of their lungs, brandishing water guns, wearing bathing suits and princess' tiaras or pirates' hooks and eyepatches.
I felt like I was in the middle of Saturday morning cartoons!
It was intense! And exhausting!

That must be why young people have the children, and the grandparents like to watch!
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