I took the month of May off… and the month of June also.
Spent some “once in a lifetime” time with my daughter, helping her move to Pittsburgh.
I knew I had to take the opportunity presented because it would NOT come my way again.
No regrets. Got to reconnect and see her as the well established, well rounded adult she has become.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
And now—it’s July!
And I had to write about a milestone in my Little Buddy’s life!
You see the picture—Jett lost his first tooth!
Yep—bottom middle tooth—he pulled it out himself!
No blood or anything!
Jett said he wanted to find out what the Tooth Fairy was going to give.
Apparently, at Jett’s house, the Tooth Fairy gives dollars AND cents!
He got paper money and coins!
That was so cool—it’s a tradition with Jett’s mom and her family.
Tooth Fairy gives coins!
I love it!
It was an exciting time—Jett lost his first tooth.
But… I have to admit—it was kind of sad too…
Jett is now six years old, going into 1st grade, losing his first tooth.
Where has the time gone?
He was just a baby a minute ago.
Funny—with our kids, we get stuck in those custodial years—diaper, feed, swaddle, repeat.
So much of it is just a relief that we got them from one stage to another—and we all survived it.
But with our grandkids—we get to enjoy the passage of each life stage, all the firsts feel so special.
And this is another first, but it’s also a last too…our little boy is moving into that next stage.
My JettJett is growing up—as he should, as we want, but… I may not be around to see his son do this, so…
This is my last time to see my grandson go another first.
And it makes me a little sad…I just want to savor the moments and hold them as long as I can.
Sometimes, I think Jett feels that way too.
He and his sister Cali surprised me this weekend by showing up at my door unannounced.
They brought their parents(they had to—they live 100 miles away—needed someone to drive!)
Jett asked me to get on the floor and color with him—which I obliged immediately.
While we were coloring together, Cali jumped on my back and laid on top of me.
Jett looked over at me and said quietly “I used to do that with you Nano.”
I looked at him and said “and you still can Buddy, any time you want.”
But we both knew—he was probably getting too old to jump on Nano’s back and have me ride him around.
He just to call it “Dinosaurs”. He wanted to ride the Dinosaur—his Nano!
And that’s the part that makes me sad.
As he walked around our home, Jett pointed out pics of him and Cali all around the house.
At one point, he said “hey, I made that for you!”
It was a small picture frame that he painted when he was 2 years old—that I have displayed.
I said “yes you did—and you gave me this also!”
I pointed to a valentine he gave me this past year…that he signed “JJ”.
He told his mom that he was signing “JJ” because that’s what Nano calls him.
Oh the memories we’ve made in the past 6 years!
I know, I know.
He will be too old to do a lot of things that we do with the young children.
And I accept that…that’s just the way life is…they grow up and become teenagers—God help us!
But…for me and my JJ—I wouldn’t have missed this for the world…
Getting to be his Nano. Him getting to be Nano’s Little Buddy!
The Word tells us to “train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he won’t depart!”
All I can do is share with him and Cali the love of Jesus and the stories of the Bible.
Maybe he will remember some of what I am telling him…
And the rest?
That’s what this blog is for—someday, he and Cali will find this and hear me telling their stories.
One can only hope—I know this Nano sure is!