I spent a delightful day with my granddaughter. First we all met up, the two daughters and granddaughter and I, at our usual Mexican restaurant. But it had closed down!

We stood there in front of it trying to figure out where to go. We ended up going to the local family owned Chinese place that I love. The husband works in back and the wife, who I’ve become friends with over the years, works the front.

I can’t begin to spell her name. She is from South Korea and her name sounds like this: “I-sing.” She always comes over and hugs me and asks about Charlie.

After lunch Marley and I came back to my house. We created her blog and talked about photography and what she could write about. I told her to write about her life, which is what I do.

She told me she subscribed to my blog through Bloglovin. I had no idea.

I have an extra Canon Rebel camera much like the one I use that I found in the closet for her.

I also have a extra regular and zoom lens as well, but the only thing I haven’t come across yet is the battery charger. It’s a different size from the one I have, and hopefully I’ll happen upon it soon so I can give all this to her and teach her how to take photos.

For now she will use her phone.

I will teach her about light and angles. About capturing various textures in nature. How it often isn’t the flower in front of you that you’re most interested in. It might be something behind it that is the object you really want to shine.

I’m self taught and certainly don’t know much about cameras except how to put it on Automatic. But for me it isn’t really the camera. It’s more the zoom lens that can bring out the very feathers on a bird’s wing. Faraway leaves on a tree. The shiny rippling of water going over rocks.

Oh, we had a delightful afternoon. She played with Ivy and loved on Charlie. I was so, so happy to have that time with her. Now I have her phone number and she has mine and we can communicate more.

I think she will come over spring break and help me clean up the patio. I told her I’d pay her for her help. And I told her she could go with me to buy plants. Even have a little garden of her own here.

I ordered a Kindle for her so she doesn’t have to wait for someone to drive her to find books. She can choose them whenever she wants and sign up with the library.

This is the little girl who used to come to my house and play with my big jar of buttons. She loved those buttons and would scoop them out with a measuring cup and then gather all the colors together. Yellow with yellow. Red with red. She was about three.

I still have that big jar of buttons. I’ve been keeping them for her. The jar is high up in my closet and every time I look at it I think of her with that long blond curling hair sitting at my table playing with the buttons.

Her mother and my grandson came to pick her up. We had a good five or so hours together. And each one I’ve gone over and over in my mind, relishing the memory of time spent with my precious granddaughter.

I could not have been happier.

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  1. A awesome article. My husband and I run a diving center in Cyprus. We want to offer something more than diving to our existing customers. Anyone have any ideas? It can’t be coffee.

  2. I know you’ll look back on that day with your granddaughter as a special day granddaughters are special I have 3 two of them live in my town they grow up so quickly my oldest is 15 and drives me around time slow down lol

  3. I’m so excited for you. I have goosebumps all over. This year has started out well. For everyone I hope.

  4. Glad you got to spend some time with your granddaughter. Did Ivy enjoy having a new person to spend time with? I’m sure Charlie did.

  5. Brenda, I could just feel in my heart how happy it made you to spend time with Marley. What a blessing to be able to share our lives with those precious grandchildren of ours. I’m so happy for you. What a joyful addition to your life dear Marley is and will be. I can just see the two of you cleaning things up on the patio and planning and planting this spring. What fun you’ll have! What a joyous beginning to the new year.

  6. I’m so glad you had a chance to bond with both of your daughters, and with Marley ~i Sounds like a great start to your new year!!
    Hugs ~

  7. I too have tears in my eyes. I remember when she used to come
    to the little house and play. She will love the camera and you will teach her great things. The patio will flourish with you girls planting out there.

  8. Brenda what a lovely post. So glad you and Marley had a nice time. It seems like your granddaughter have a lot of common interests. How nice that Marley is going to help you with the gardening. You are a special grandma. Wishing you and yours a blessed,happy and healthy 2020.
    Marilyn

  9. This is the best news, Brenda!! May many more of those happy days come even in this new year and forever!!

  10. What a great post about your day with your Granddaughter. Both she and you are lucky to be able to spend time again together..and make more precious memories. I wish I lived close to you..I would hire you to help me start a blog. I know she is very excited and will be hanging out with you alot. Happy 2020..and know yall are looking forward to Spring Break. yay.

  11. Brenda, I’m so glad to got to spend such a lovely afternoon with your granddaughter. Grandchildren are absolutely the best. I’ve been blessed with 18 of them and each one is special and unique. Spending time with them is one of the greatest gifts I’ll ever receive so I know what happiness you are feeling.

  12. I have never made a comment on your blog before but I have been reading it for years. I am so thankful that your granddaughter was able to spend some quality time with you! This brought tears to my eyes!

  13. My Granddaughter is 13 and lives 2000 miles away from me. I only get to see her once or twice a year. Last time I saw her was 8 long months ago.

    You are blessed that your Granddaughter lives close to you.

  14. In a world where there is upheaval and hate on the news every day, it is so comforting to read such a happy post, and more so, it is happy, because it is your post. Time spent with your grand daughter, with both of you making wonderful memories. That is truly, hard to beat!!!

  15. That is such a wonderful way for you to spend your New Year!

    I think you might be able to replace the charger on Ebay. You can find extra accessories there all the time.

  16. Your post made my day! What a positive start to a New Year. You will both learn so much from each other. I can just imagine the excursions you two will have — walks in the park with your cameras, visiting plant nurseries, perhaps a visit to a local museum, etc. And it made me smile when you wrote that your granddaughter had been following your blog — it seems that she wanted to keep up with your life even if she had not been in it for a while.

    Happy New Year!

  17. How lovely the time you got to spend with your granddaughter. She is lucky to have you too to teach her all you know.

    Glad she likes ivy and Charlie.

  18. I am so happy that you had this special time with your granddaughter. You waited a long time and you had patience, and now, you and her mom and brother are having a reunion. It is a blessing for all of you. It’s wonderful that you are making plans for more visits. What a delightful start to the new year!

  19. So happy for you Brenda that you were able to spend time with your granddaughter. I have two granddaughters and one grandson and in June I will have a great grand child ( don’t know what gender yet !

  20. Brenda, I have been on/off the last couple years with hubby’s Illness and passing. Somewhere along the time, I missed that you had a granddaughter. I knew you had a grandson, and I have enjoyed your posts about him. I’m happy for you that you had time with your granddaughter, and she has a wealth of knowledge waiting to receive from you. Enjoy every moment and memory. Have a great weekend.

  21. So wonderful,Brenda,I adore my grandson so I know just how you feel!
    What a terrific way to begin a New Year and a new decade!

  22. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your granddaughter I do believe you are blessed to have your grandkids in your life.

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