Lessons I Learned from my Grandchildren

I am blessed beyond measure. I have a loving husband, two beautiful children, their spouses, four adorable grandchildren, one grand-doggy and one grand-kitty. My heart is bursting with love for my little family. I have recently returned from time spent with my daughter and her children at “Nanny’s other House” near Lockeport, Nova Scotia.

Blog Featured Image WH HOUSE

Grandparenting is light years different, dare I say better, from parenting. I feel completely relaxed because they are not my children. Almost anything goes.

The answer to most of their questions is a resounding YES:

  • Nanny, can you read one more storybook? Of course.
  • Nanny, can I sit on your lap? Absolutely.
  • Nanny, will you hold my hand? You bet.
  • Nanny, if I carry in the groceries, can I have 25 cents? Indeed.
  • Nanny, what does indeed mean?

I learned several profound lessons from my grandkiddies, Maddie and Isaac, in only three short weeks. Looking at life through their innocent eyes I was reminded:

  • All people are equal. Every child is a potential friend. Colour, class, race, religion, wealth, education mean nothing.
  • Sitting in a car seat for two days is worth it if the final destination is “Nanny’s Other House.”
  • A day at the beach clears the cobwebs out of your brain.

Isaac & Maddie at Beach

  • Love is constant and unconditional. It has no beginning and no ending — no matter what.
  • You can never eat too many marshmallows.
  • Screaming at the top of your lungs is definitely worth it. There is always a POSSIBILITY Nanny will give you what you want.

Isaac on Bike WB

Sleep is highly overrated.  Just think of all the adventures you are missing. You can’t help it if you wake up with the sun. What’s wrong with riding your bike in your pajamas at sunrise? Don’t you know if you wait until 9 or 10, the day is half over. 
  • Ice cream can make anything better — especially Cotton Candy, Birthday Cake, Moon Mist, and Bubble Gum.
  • Lightning McQueen Band-Aids can heal what ails you. Just ask Uncle Edsel.

Maddie Dress and Shoes.jpg

  • Everything is exciting.
    New shiny shoes? Wowsers!
    Can you imagine if Maddie got a new purse too?
    And a matching hat?
  • Freshly picked blueberries? Holey moley!
    Rowing a real dory? Jeepers!
    Whale watching? Awesome!
    Sitting in a fire engine? Cool!

Isaac Blueberries and Dory

  • Children are both fragile and resilient. They need to know that we love them, we believe in them and we will protect them from danger.  It is never too early to reinforce your child’s self-esteem.

Our four-and-a-half-year-old grandson told me: I believe you can do it, Nanny.  Maybe you should try it one more time. Yay, Nanny, see, you did it.

Edison, Greta, Isaac and Maddie, Nanny and Grampy cherish you more than words can tell. We really would jump in front of a train or take any other heroic measures to keep you safe. That is just how much we love you. 

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About meldaclark

It is hard to believe that I have been blogging since late 2014. I will continue as long as I have one more story to tell. I have had the privilege to feature 20 of my favourite short stories in a book called "Life Matters." It is available for just $25 including shipping. Now that's a good deal. Readers' Digest shared one of my funniest stories "Sleeping With Roaches" in their publication called "More of Our Canada." was super exciting for me. The Nova Scotia Teachers' College Alumni Association has posted two stories on their website. Something unexpected has developed as a result of this. I have been invited to share my funny stories at the library, with community groups and retirement homes. I have a great voice for storytelling. You will feel as if you are in the story. I spend a large portion, okay, all day, sitting cross-legged in my Lazyboy chair typing away. I need to add a walk or two to my day. I love my life as a wife, mother, nanny, sister, aunt and friend. From 2004 to 2014, my husband and I operated Monk Funeral Services in beautiful Bobcaygeon, Ontario. During that time, I began to write human interest stories for a local publication called the "Kawartha Promoter." I discovered I enjoyed writing stories and, better still, people enjoyed reading them. When my husband and I are not at home in Bobcaygeon, we can be found at my family homestead in Lockeport, Nova Scotia.​

12 Responses

  1. Allison

    They are pretty fun. A non- stop adventure. Lol. I can’t get enough of how exciting everything is to them. PS. Maddie wore her shoes to bed last night. 😊


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