We had six of our twelve grandchildren over one day last weekend to help clean out the flower gardens. This helps make room for Spring’s new growth. The children were ages 9 – 11, so it was a good group to behold.
I have five areas around our home that needed tending. One garden, I kept off-limits as I didn’t want the tulips, now standing quite tall, to be trampled on. It was to be a day of fun, not grandma’s reprimanding and scolding.
After dividing the children between grandpa and me, and the garden spaces, we accomplished a lot! One hour and fifteen minutes left me satisfied and now we had time for desert before parents would come and pick them up.
These were very energetic kids, but I already decided we would stay outside today while they were here. It was nice enough out, and I didn’t want sticky seedlings or bits of dirt that may be clung to their clothing brought into the house.
Using my imagination, I thought, what would I like to do to have fun they don’t get to experience at home? What do kids this age enjoy besides computer games and television? Technology, yes!
If these were toddlers or preschoolers, I would get out the bubbles. Maybe we would do water-play in the sandbox or colored chalk on the sidewalk. I’m comfortable around these very young folk.
I like our place to be special, and I love kids exploring and finding new things about the world in which they live. Outdoors is the best place to encounter such things. I would have enjoyed being a science teacher for elementary school.
We have some old phones and cameras around, so I offered them an opportunity to use what we had that would go around. Some were low battery, but I will be prepared better next time they come. This kept them all very busy, and I have a collection of some award-winning shots, in my opinion. But I am a bit biased.
I have learned that the more hands-off I am lately, the better things turn out for me. It does mean that you have to take a risk. You may not get to be in control. Something you value could get broken or lost. In the end, will you say that it was worth it?
What did these children take away from the day they had with grandpa and me?
I think they had fun. I hope they realize how much we can trust them when we let them handle valuable items we own. They received praise and maybe some encouragement.
I got from it even more. I got to spend a few hours with my grandchildren. They helped me with my gardens that would have taken me four weeks if I had done it all alone. We did reward them with some cash, which all young people at this age love, but their help was priceless.
The photos are amazing, and you will find some of them in this post. I did not get the ones off grandpa’s phone or the other cameras yet. It will be fun to see the gifts I have been given!
What gifts do you have to bring?
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord'” (Matthew 25:21)