Saturday, May 11, 2013

Celebrating Grandmotherhood on Mother's Day



(Aiden spends a weekend at Grandma's)


Beneath blonde covered silver strands

which cover the gray that really matters

I've learned grandmotherhood

is motherhood's just deserts


It's the bright red maraschino

that crowns the sweet cream of life


It's the reason I actually smile when in a blink

two-year-old Aiden tosses the spare roll of Scott

into the bubbly bathtub

or when he quietly tugs at the vertical blinds

when he's supposed to be horizontal

and I find panels strewn

on the floor around the porta-crib after naptime

or when he presses a mysterious button

on the TV, disabling it

so he can't watch Sprout

or his two-headed dragon friends


I never make much of a fuss

about bedtime or broccoli

(Mommy and Daddy can on Monday)


I just tousle his sandy hair

and  tell him how cute he is

how impressed I am with his new words

and how well he sings

the alphabet song all the way to "Z!"

and "Next time won't you sing with me!"

and I do


We go outside

I blow soap bubbles in the breeze

We run after them, laughing

as we catch or clap them in our hands

then I put him in the stroller

We go around the block

as we always do

My neighbors are surprised

as they always are

at how he's grown since they saw him last


"Come, Aiden.

Grandma made chocolate chippers"

After the cookies we'll read Dinky Dinosaur

then I'll put a CD in the player and we'll dance

I'll do silly steps I'd never do on the dance floor

and you can make up steps of your own

We'll make cow and lamb and crickety noises

and maybe stick our fingers in our ears


In the morning we'll go outside

I'll show you the golden daffodils

blooming in my garden.

They'll be trumpeting a song

only we and God can hear


and if we want to, Aiden

we'll sing along


Maude Carolan Pych
"Grandmotherhood" was written when Aiden was two-years-old. He's nine now. He does Tae Kwon Do, plays the piano, takes hip hop lessons and plays soccer. Aiden celebrated his First Communion a few weeks ago. We gave him "The Action Bible" as a present and he's been reading it over and over again. God bless you, Aiden, and God bless all my precious and wonderful grandchildren. I love you all sooooo much!


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