Notes from Jan

Questionable Voting Practices

October 18, 2017

Heard a knock on the door at the Inn where I’d been staying,  Opened it to find Heather with Basil, fresh from school.

First we’d seen each other since I arrived.

We hugged and hugged, then Bazy  handed me a wrinkled treasure.

“I made it for you at recess today.”

The smudged paper read,”Dear Momo hi I love you.” 

That he, an active seven year old, would use even a nanosecond of recess to think of his grandmother, did my heart and knee good.

Later, while we enjoyed an afternoon treat at M.H. Bread and Butter, Basil looked at me and asked, “Are you too old to vote?”

“No, Basil, I’m the perfect age to vote.”

“Why, Momo?”

“Because I finally know everything.”

He giggled.

I smiled.

The sheepish kind.

Then laughed with him at my audacity, though for a few seconds it felt really good to say what I sometimes think, even if it’s not true.


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  • Reply wendy lane October 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Hugs, wrinkled treasures, giggles and laughs – hooray!!!!! <3

  • Reply Ruth S. Wacome October 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Delightful, Jan. Kinda goes with my proclamation to my grandchildren, “I am an old lady! I can do anything I want!” And of course they know that is not true (except the “old lady” part!). And we laugh.

  • Reply Randall K. Mathews October 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Jan:

    The next time that you see Basil, tell him that I commend him for giving his momo even a nanosecond of thought during his recess time. Always nice to know that you are 1.loved by your grands.

    Your always missed at CC. Hope that you are back home by the 22nd of October, Kate’s birthday.

    Bon voyage,

    Randy for the Mathews

  • Reply Barrie Levine October 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Being a grandma is near to paradise, although mostly I think it actually IS – the pure love from and to my grandchild, the pure joy of my grandchild’s child’s presence and being. “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be…..

  • Reply Katherine Bagley October 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    hee hee! so cute – both of you! <3

  • Reply Dale Lefever October 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    If it’s not true, it ought to be is the mindset every grandparent needs to have. Basil is one fortunate young man as he will learn to appreciate over time.

    Get that knee taken care of!

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply Radina Welton October 19, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I’m giggling too

    • Reply Barbara Chapman October 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Nothing like a child to cheer the spirit

  • Reply Raquelita October 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Love you too!

  • Reply Nancy Sheys October 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Love returned is most precious!

  • Reply Judson Abts October 24, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for sharing Aunt Jannie!

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