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Memories for a Heart Garden

August 7th, 2014 by Lila Steinhoff

Visitor for the Day

I didn’t spend any time in the garden today. Instead, 3-year old grandson Graham spent the day with me. I picked him up at 8:30 this morning, and he created… and recreated… the ‘what to do’ list for the day.


Boy on a Ladder

First stop was the carport where Graham checked out an open ladder. He decided that make-believe light bulbs needed changing, so he unscrewed them and handed them down. Then he was down and on to breakfast.


waffles and lizard

Waffles with Lizard

Breakfast… a whole wheat waffle with apricot preserves…  was served in pizza shaped slices. The green lizard was on the table in case he got hungry

Next, we were on to the toy box and other favorites in the living room. A basket of small cars was dumped out on the carpet. He sorted through to find the ones he could put in the pool… along with the bag full of dragons that he brought with him.

A Dip in the Pool

It wasn’t even 10 AM, which is about the time the sun clears the house and begins to shine on the pool, but Graham was ready to swim anyway. We headed out.

in pool

Graham had a great time paddling the pool float with a pool noodle oar. Then he was out and back up the ladder. While up there, he decided he needed to use my camera. I handed it to him and he took pictures of me and neighbor Bill (Jacqie) Jackson who had just walked over.

Bill in Swing

Bill in Swing

Gran Holding Ladder

Gran Holding Ladder

Then Graham took 40 more pictures. Many of them were quite good. I see a camera in his future.

 A Little Music

We were in and dried off, and Graham moved on to the piano for a little freestyle rendition of the alphabet song. While he was in a music mood, he took a butterfly music box off the shelf. He knows exactly how it works and will tell you every detail.

music box demonstration

Music Box Demonstration

Graham shared his music box knowledge with neighbor Bill.

Lake Lytal Pool

I had suggested a trip to Lake Lytal Pool for time in the kiddie splash park on the drive in the morning.  Graham decided it was a good idea around noon, so we suited up, put on sunscreen and headed to the pool.

splash park at Lake Lytal

Splash park at Lake Lytal

Graham had a great time trying out all the gadgets and gizmos at the water park.

Home and Pack Up

When Graham tired of splashing around, we headed back to my house to change clothes and pack up to head home. When we got out of the car, he spotted a huge full dumpster on sitting on the street. I could hear the tractor just finishing unloading an empty one for the business next door.

loading dumpster

Loading Full Dumpster

We waited out front and watched the tractor back up to the dumpster and raise the full one up on the tractor bed to be hauled away. The driver came around to our side to pull the cover over the dumpster and waved big to Graham. Graham was pleased and grabbed my camera to take his last picture of the day… a picture of the covered dumpster pulling away.

It was past lunchtime by the time were packed up and ready to return Graham to his house. We stopped for a burger with a toy and had a car picnic on the way home.

‘Growing’ Memories

Today was spent growing ‘food for the soul’… memories of a day spent with my grandson. On the drive home, Graham told me he thought Lytal pool was too loud and we should go to a different one next time. Yay! I was thrilled. He wants a ‘next time’. How cool is that? Life is good.

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