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It doesn’t take much!

Our oldest granddaughter turned 9 last friday.  How can it be that she is 9 years older and I have not aged a bit?

Most 9 year olds have a birthday list a mile long, but not Sophie…she had one thing on her list—-and one thing only.  She wanted a scooter with a motor.  She would take one any color but she really wanted a red one.   

As any respectable grandma and grandpa would do we set out on a mission….a red scooter with a motor.   How hard could this be?  We round many scooters..some red, but they went up to 20 mph…NOT.  We then found a blue one that went 15 mph…still not slow enough.  This store did tell us that the brand that they sold were color-coded by speed.  The red ones that they sold only went 10 mph…this was more in the ballpark for us – but they completely out.  What is this Christmas Eve?  The clerk was very helpful and called other stores in the area and found one for us…about 50 miles away.  At this point we did not care.  The clerk worked it out with the other store to hold the scooter for us (it was the last one that they had) and we were on our way.

When we finally returned home with the box the dreadful words “Some assembly required” my husband gave me “the look”.  The box was hidden away until the day of her birthday..she is a very inquisitive 9-year-old.   Fortunately the assembly was simple as putting the front handle bar into the base of the scooter and flipping a clasp over to hold it into place.   Next on the instructions were the other fateful words “charge for 18 hours before use”…this was a 2PM and her party was 6PM…great planning on our part.  “here’s your present..too bad you can’t use it until tomorrow”

God is good…..when she found her scooter..the charger was “green”….yes it was ready to take off!  She  wasn’t thrilled about having to wear a helmet, but at  10 mph she had not choice.

She has had it for 4 days now and has not been off it – except when it charges.    I think it is exactly what she wanted.

 

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The Man on the Corner

My 9-year-old granddaughter has a tender heart of gold.

After picking her up after school on Wednesday, I took her with me to run some errands.  As we had finished our errands she had asked if we could stop at Steak n’ Shake (if you do not live in the Midwest and don’t have a Steak n’ Shake..you are really missing out on the best milk shakes on earth) for a Oreo shake.  As we approached a busy four-way intersection, she saw a rather dirty unkempt man standing on the corner holding a sign.  She could not see his small card well enough to read it so she asked “Grandma…..why is that man standing there and why is he holding that piece of cardboard?”  I explained to her that he was probably a homeless man and that his sign said “Will work for food”.  At that time she asked if I had any jobs for him to do so we could give him something to eat.   I then told her that it really wasn’t safe to take people who you don’t know home with you……Elizabeth Smart still brings tears to my eyes…..but that we could certainly get him some food.  When we pulled on the lot of Steak n’ Shake, Sophie told me “Grandma…..make sure that you get him cheese on his hamburger, french fries and a big soda…..he really looked hungary.  She then went on to tell me that if I didn’t have enough money with me that it was O.K. not to get her shake….she had a good lunch at school and she knew that she would have a good dinner at home.

Needless to say……”The Man on the Corner” got a Triple Cheeseburger – a large order of fries – and a large Coke.  Sophie also got her Oreo shake and Grandma made sure that hers was also a large one.

When we pulled up to the corner, Sophie handed the man his food and told him that Grandma didn’t have any work for him to do but that we thought that he looked hungary.  A tear came to the man’s eye and he looked a Sophie and said “May God bless you…for as when I was hungary you fed me”……………….at that time a chill went down my spine.

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