Life is like a wild horse--Unless you ride it, it will ride you! (from the movie: "Princess of Thieves.")
Friday, April 23, 2010
V: The Sweet Faces of "J" -Happy Birthday!
Earlier this week I posted about my special granddaughter, "J", and the wonderful day we had with our little picnic at the park. There wasn't time to tell about all the things that make her special, but on the occasion of her birthday, I wanted to take the time now to write about just that!
I've often lamented to my family that my dad isn't alive so he could have known "J". I just know that he would have loved her and appreciated what is so unique about her. "Some people are just naturally funny", he would say. And "J" fits that bill! Like the image ingrained in my memory of two and a half year old "J" standing on a chair at the kitchen sink, washing dishes in a sink full of bubbly suds. She was wearing a purple fairy costume with sequins, topped by a purple cone hat with flowing purple scarves (vision a damsel in distress costume)! She scrubbed those toy dishes over and over!
Two years later, I see her kneeling at the bathtub, pushing her sleeves back to her elbows in a practiced move, to wash up her grubby little brother.
Fast forward to age five. Oldest daughter delivers "J" to kindergarten readiness testing. Parents can't stay, but when daughter arrives to pick "J" up and see how she fared on the test, the teachers are laughing. Seems when "J" was instructed to hop on one foot five times, she stated that she had "better hop only once, because five times might be dangerous"!
The first week of first grade when the teacher was passing out the new reading primers, "J" raised her hand. "J" said: "Mrs. H, I can't read". The teacher responded: "You can't read? Not at all"? "No, "J" assured her. "I can't read at all". Mrs. H said she was wondering if some important information concerning "J" had been omitted from her files, but she held the book out to "J" and opened it. "See if you can read any of the words, "J". Any words at all". "J" proceeded to recite the entire page effortlessly. "Why "J", you CAN read", the teacher exclaimed. "You read this entire page perfectly"! "J" put her hand up to face with astonishment; "Why, I had NO idea"!!
Five year old "J" is watching television with her brothers when she reaches up to adjust the volume. The 26" television topples off the chest and falls on her. Her parents rush her to the emergency room, but she appears to be only bruised. The ER instructs them to follow up with a visit to her doctor the following day. Her father takes her to the doctor who informs "J" that he has seen lots of kids who have had a television fall on them. "Oh, I am so glad to hear that"!, "J" says with no hint of guile. "That makes me feel SO much better"! Dad said that the doctor glanced over his shoulder with a quizzical expression, probably wondering if this kid is for "real" or a little sparty pants! "J" complains that her back hurts. Dr. P says, "You know, "J", even though I'm a doctor I have problems with my back too. I'm going to give you some exercises that might help". "Did you hear THAT Dad?", "J" exclaimed. He's an EXPERT"!!! Dad reported that Dr. P's back was turned, but he looked over his shoulder, and realizing that she was sincere, he burst out laughing.
Here is "J" with her mom, step-dad and brother. She loves to blow bubbles!
Daughter drops "J" off in front of the school and waits for her to go in. Brothers rush on ahead, but "J" lags behind, as usual on her own time, bending down to pick wildflowers, then twirling and blowing kisses to her mother while parents waiting in their own cars to drop off children watch laughing.
So birthday wishes and blessings for this most special girl!
Here is "J" at her birthday celebration last year! Happy tenth birthday, "J"!
P.S. Woops! "J"'s Aunt Mary left this comment! "You left out the part where the sun was shining, umbrella was out, late to school, picking flowers, blowing kisses, all with her skirt stuck up in her Disney princess underpants!!
Or the time when she was going to learn how to play her "My Little Pony" guitar and take that and a harmonica onstage to be in the school talent show. Within about two weeks, I wanna say? And then, when asked what song she was going to sing she said, with a shrug, "I dunno, I'll just make it up when I get up there"!
Does this family love this special little girl, or what?!!!
Mid-sized city, Somewhere in the South!, United States
We are "C" and "V," two baby-boomers who have been through thick and thin--50+ years of best-friend togetherness.
C is a divorce attorney, separated from her husband of 40(!) years--at age 59 he ran off with a thirty-year-old-never-married-mother-of-two and has now fathered another--and we're not even divorced! A very hard time for C.
C has one grown son--no daughter-in-law or grandchildren yet! (Drat!)
V works in a community based instruction program in a public school, helping special-needs students learn life skills. Mother of three, grandmother of five!
For 50+ years we've laughed together, cried together, and we've learned a lot! We love, love, love writing and want to share with you! Please come share, too!
Check out our posts under the label "Stickhorses" for more, but suffice it to say that these cowgirls started their lives together riding stick horses. Stick horses have come to symbolize the power of dreams and imagination for C and V--besides, we love cowgirl spirit!
You and the mother of the man who done you wrong are going to raise chickens together? I love it. I hope you become international stars in the chicken-raising world, and when you (and his mother and your chickens) are famous, I hope he comes crawling back, pleading with you to take back his poor miserable, not-famous self. You go, girl!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! On to International Chicken Stardom!! C
YET ANOTHER STUPENDOUS COMMENT!
SimplyJoolz (see our blogroll for link) said these kind words about the travails of C:
I love this story -its like a well written novel. I can't wait until the part where C kicks the useless husband between his hanky and his small change pocket! Lol!
It's coming, Joolz! C
PS - thank you all for your comments. They so give me a lift--often just when I need it!
C's SINGLE AGAIN POWER
Below is a list of things I'm learning to do--wish I'd started years earlier! It feels so good to list my "Power Accomplishments" for you, and I'd love to hear about yours!
Replacing the back fireplace refractory panel. Who knew?
Jacking up the front porch with my new, red, hydraulic jack!!
Learning to shoot and getting my Conceal-and-Carry license! (Power rush!!)
Purchasing tires...all by myself!
Buying and installing (!) the lawn tractor battery! Again, not rocket science...
Putting a new end on a ruined looooong extension cord. One prong was missing, and we replaced the plug-in. (Who knew you could do this??) I feel so, well, powerful!
Cleaning Tractor Air Filter
Dealing with fire ants--boy, are those suckers tuff!
Gettin' that utility pole installed.
Ordering gravel (SB 2!)
Replacing hydraulic hoses
Learning about the lawn mower (engine stabilizer!).