grandmas have really long arms…

February 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

… they can R-E-A-C-H two-thousand miles to get to their grandchildren.

This photo is Echo listening to her Grammie read stories to her over the phone.  Echo munched on her rice cake, enthralled, while my mom described each illustration and read the book. I am so thankful for speaker phones, as they make this touching scene possible.

Grammie does this with the older girls too. Xi sets up some of her preferred figurines, crosses her fingers that Grammie will be home, and calls her. Together they act out complex story lines. Grammie almost always talks for the boy character, Xi always talks for the ever elusive, but heart stopping-ly beautiful, maiden. There is often a love triangle, a first kiss, a wedding, children, danger, and intrigue.

Last weekend Grammie even “babysat” one evening while Nathan was out and I was helping Echo fall asleep. Instead of whiling away time on the computer while waiting for me to emerge from the bedroom, Xi had a date with Grammie, something she looked forward to all week.

It doesn’t seem to matter to the girls that Grammie is a disembodied voice emanating from a plastic speaker, they feel her with them. She leaps across the geographical divide, always ready to love them and connect any way she can.

I really like that.


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  • 1. Linda  |  February 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    thanks honey, that really touched my heart. I had to imagine Echo listening but now I get the full picture.


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