Friday, October 28, 2016

Dining with D.C.

Monkey in a tutu!
Today, as with most weekdays lately, I was watching my youngest grandchild, Delilah Clementine.  Since I did not bring my lunch with me today, and I had an errand to run anyway, I packed her (and her gear) into my car and off we went.  After I ran my errand, I took DC to a world famous international restaurant for lunch.  Since I had her apple juice with us, I got a meal (burger, fries, drink)and got a small order of nuggets for her.  As we sat eating (and chatting), I had the opportunity to observe her.  She was getting tired, but was in a good mood and eating well.  She ate two of the nuggets, which may not seem like a lot, but considering the way she was putting down the fries (she ate most of the medium order that came with my meal), she had a big meal.   As I watched her scarfing down fries, I was taken back to late 1990/early 1991 when my daughter (DC's mom) was 2 1/2 to 3 years old.   At the time I was still on active duty with the coast Guard, and working a part-time job at Ted's Frostop in the Oakwood Center Mall in Terrytown, LA. (Across the bridge from New Orleans - in the West Bank area near where we lived).  At the time, my family only had one vehicle.  The mall closed at 9 PM during the week, and my wife would come with Mary  to pick me up when we closed.  I could always tell when they got there, because as soon as she came thru the door, little Mary would scream "Fries!  Fries!"  And everyone I worked with would squirrel away a few so that she would have some.  So DC comes by her fry cravings honestly.  Another observation I made, and I could be wrong, is that I think she is leaning towards being a southpaw.  Nothing wrong with being a lefty, but I notice that if both hands were empty, she would take things with her left hand.  If she had something in her left hand (say a nugget), she would transfer it to her right and take (oh, say a fry) things in her left.  Just saying.
It was an enjoyable meal (other than assorted aches and body pains - not meal related).  We came home afterwards, and she is down napping at the moment.
Last night, I went with Mary & DC "trick or treating" at the sorority/fraternity house at M.S.U.  It was fun playing "top banana" to my little monkey, but I think I may have overdid it a bit and that's why I'm aching today.  Oh well, just part of paying my "grandpa dues."
Everyone have a great day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Watching Delilah.

DC and Me
Love those baby kisses!

Okay, I've been a while (about 6 weeks) since I last blogged, but the last three weeks or so, I've had what amounts to a full time job watching my youngest grandchild.  She's a sweetie, but she can wear you down.  As I often say, there is a reason you have children when you're young.  (Old folks with a bad knee have trouble chasing a healthy 14 month old).  But, as the photo shows, there are perks.  She is starting to talk some.  She can say the usual, "MaMa, Hi, Bye".  But I think it tells a lot that the one complete sentence that she says (usually after I say it to her) is "I love you."  Now, as much as I would like all claim to her doing that, I know there are many others telling her that.  So, keep it up everyone.  Every child should know they are loved. 

Since I've retired and have the time, I don't mind helping out with the baby.  Especially knowing that in a couple of months she and mama will be moving 2 to 3 hours away.  So I'm getting in my DC (Delilah Clementine) time in now.  Soon it will be few and far between. 

Everyone have a great day!