Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Don't Worry Granny, your alive!!!!"
Yesterday I was part of a group of amazing strong people. Our local Weight Watchers Center decided to host two different 5K walks for our members. I am one of the leaders and so wanted to be involved with the group. On Tuesday night I am usually involved in shuttling two of my grands to a tutor and helping them get a start on the weeks homework. I asked them last week if they would like to go on this walk with me instead of tutor and homework.. Of course they said YES(the lesser of two evils?) They thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Another leader and I had gone the day before and mapped off the distance and found the best route for a friendly walk for the members. The weather cooperated and off we headed on our walk. My little 7 year old grand was off in a hurry wanting to be first. He went a long ways but then began to get tired. He headed back and I met up with him on the trail. He said he was so tired and just couldn't make it. I just took his hand and we walked and talked about all kinds of stuff. The trail is along the river and one side of high cliffs with huge boulders that have fallen down and seem perched on the slopes. We came up with a plan of what to do if the boulders started to roll. There were bugs, plants, birds, and stuff to look at and talk about all along the way. One of our men members had given him a big black and white feather that he kept swishing back and forth to scare away the bugs. My Grand got real quiet and asked me who my daddy was? I explained that my daddy had died and was in heaven. He had been gone a long time. He jutted out his bottom lip and frowned and said, "that is so sad." A few more steps on the way back and then the next question. "who is your mommy?" I then told him my mommy was also gone and had been for a long time too. Again the sad face and the comment, "that is so sad Granny." I began to comfort him and tell him that my mommy and daddy were old and had been sick. That people die when they get old. Again we walked in silence for a while. He then began rubbing the back of my hand. My hands have had a lot of wear and tear and the hand he was rubbing has a scar that still has a small scab from a recent injury. He was really studying that rough looking hand. He quietly said, "Granny your old." I could figure out what he was thinking about and was wondering how to respond when he quickly reach up and tapped on the fitbit (a wrist band I wear that flashes when I reach the exercise goal I set. It also flashed and informs you how you are doing if you tap on it) He stopped looked up at me and grinned , "Granny don't worry it says you are still alive- it just flashed at me." Good to know.