Monday, June 09, 2014

My Granddaughter...Now And Then

I am moving a little slow this morning and I feel like I didn’t have a weekend.  I was in the office at 5:45 AM on Saturday morning so I could avoid the estimated 10,000 people who showed up downtown for the annual Color Run 5K race.  Occasionally I looked down upon the masses from my 11th floor observatory.  Thankfully it was a quiet, uneventful morning at work.  By the time I left at noon all the runners and walkers had gone home.  Soon after I got home I headed for my couch to enjoy a nap.  I was deep into dreamland when I was suddenly awakened by my granddaughter jumping on me.  She is the only person who can do that to me and get away with it.  Everyone knows I dearly love my granddaughter.  In a few short weeks she will be ten years old.  She is growing up very fast.  It is a joy to see her turn into a unique individual but it is also a little sad.  Chloe the child is turning into Chloe the soon to be teen-ager.  Like most children she is breaking free and trying to assert her independence.  This weekend we had a mild confrontation and disagreement.  When it was over I felt terrible and I was sorry it happened.  I apologized for being grumpy and told her I loved her very much.  As always she forgave me and we parted on good terms.  As she heads towards the teen-age years I hope I can be patient  and understanding of her and the challenges of growing up in today’s world.  On many levels she’s had a tough time her first ten years.  As she gets older I hope I can be a good listener and counselor.  

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