Fall In Tennessee

Fall In Tennessee

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Poppy, Let Me Drive, I think I Can!

I remember back when I was a child the privilege of getting to sit in the front seat of the car. Sometimes whenever I got to sit in the front seat my dad would either let me change the gears or steer the wheel as we went down the driveway. I felt so privileged whenever I did this.

We also sat in seats without seat belts and the cars that we rode in were built like tanks. We would lay down in the back seat and sleep, play, or just ride and let our minds wander.Sometimes we even lay up in the back window of the car and watched our world pass by in a blurr.

If there were a bunch of kids we would sit in the back of our station wagon with the sead folded down and we could then play games as we rode down the road.

Kids of today don't know what they are missing. We have cars with airbags in the dash, steering wheel, doors, seats and in the seat belts. We have cushion material in the dashes, seat belts, child seats, safety glass, self parking, side sensors, blind spot sensors and self braking just to mention a few and yet our children are restrained in the rear seats of the car until they get to be a certain age and weight.

So it's easy to understand why they want to drive the car because they see their parents doing it and all kids want to be like their parents when they are little.

We were out in the garage and Chloe had been riding her scooter and her bike when all of a sudden she decided that she wanted to sit in the driver's seat of our SUV and play like she was driving it.

She opens the door and climbs in, as she sits in the seat she sees that the seat is too far back so she readjusts her seat then she adjusts the rear view mirror and then the door mirrors. Tilts down the wheel to be comfortable for her and then asks me for the keys. I ask her why she wants the key and her reply is to change the radio station from mine to her kind of music.

I let her know that I don't have the keys and that she will have to play like she has set the radio to her favorite station.

I then ask her where she is going, and she said that she has to go to Macy's because today is the start of their big sale. I ask, "How do you know this?" She looks at me like I am crazy and said, "It has been all over the T.V. and in the ads in the newspaper!"

Wether, I want to believe it or not, my little granddaughter is growing up so fast. I am just glad that I can enjoy each time I have with her because she is so precious.

Happy Birthday, Poppy

It is that time of year again, my birthday. They are just another day and I'm glad to have one because I know that I am still alive.

We picked Chloe up from school as she ended the year for first grade. It has been a busy year for her and a good year for us as well.

I never thought back when I was a little boy that I would ever be this age. I thought that when you got this age you were old and had one foot on a banana peel. Well some days I feel older than other days, but the age that I am is just a number.


Yes, I am a senior citizen, and I qualify for those senior discounts, and if I have to show my ID to prove I am that age I will because I have earned it.

But whenever I am with our granddaughter, I feel that I am much younger than my years, because she brings alive the kid in me. We both forget that I am older and play games of my youth and games that she wants to play.

I'll admit that I never played Barbies with any of my nieces, or Ken dolls with my nephews. When I was little everyone that played with dolls played with baby dolls.

It's another world altogether when you play with these dolls that are grown up dolls. So we just play with them as if they were regular people.

Back to my Birthday, Chloe was glad that it was a "Special Day," because on special occasions there is usually cake and most cakes have a lot of icing on them and she loves icing better than the cake.

Grandmother had gotten a small cake since I didn't need a large cake and we all had a piece and Chloe had our icing.

The cake has been devoured and another year has past as I look forward to another year. I am thankful for each day and hope that I use my time wisely.

Schools Out, Schools Out...,

Well, another years has come and gone in her many years of schooling.

She has learned a lot of new things this year in the first grade that she will carry with her for many years ahead.

She learned how to diagram a sentence with, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs. I didn't learn this in school until the third of fourth grade. She has learned how to do word problems in math. She has read many books over the school year. She has preformed parts in several plays.

This year she has been one busy little girl.

She can lose the school uniform for these months off and wear anything that she wants to wear.

But finally the day that she looked forward to last fall has finally come for her. Summer break, three months of doing anything that she can think up to do.

She gets to sleep in late, visit her Papaw, Poppy and Pop. Hopefully she gets to go to the beach as well as an amusement park.

She has many plans for this summer and I look forward to sharing some of this time with her.