I am participating in Gratitude Week 2017 which is hosted by the very lovely Michelle at  It is for one week and open to anyone.

This was Michelle’s prompt this morning:

When I count my blessings, I count you twice.
~Irish Traditional Proverb~

I think every grandmother counts her grandchildren as a very rare and special blessing in her life.  Grandchildren are the jewels in the crown of  a loving family.

But, I am especially grateful today for my grandson, Lucas.  Yesterday afternoon found me welcoming sadness back into my life.  I had received news about the health of a very loved friend and that news left me emotionally devastated.

But a little bit later, the phone rang and it was Lucas.  I had sent Lucas the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series and he was over the moon excited to receive it.  He couldn’t wait to dive into it and start reading. He laughed his magical laugh and described in detail how funny the illustration was on the back cover.   I couldn’t help but smile and get caught up his enthusiasm and to be so very grateful to share a love of reading with my grandchild.

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

20 Responses

  1. What a handsome boy! The children in my class who ordered the same book received it yesterday and it was like Christmas morning! Their enthusiasm was contagious and everyone was smiling. So glad his sweet phone call and excitement about the book made your day brighter. Grandchildren are simply the best!!

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  2. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to have grandchildren someday. For now, I delight in the stories of people like you who share the experience. I could almost hear the laughter and smiles (yes, I think you can hear smiles sometimes) as I read your story. I’m sorry for the bad news you received about your friend…but so glad for the way Lucas brightened your day. He’s a gift in many ways.
    {and my goodness, he’s a cutie!)

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  3. Elizabeth Mangino

    Bernadette, I’m very sorry that you got bad news about your dear friend.
    Today I am grateful that I happened upon this Maya Angelou quote – “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” I find it to be a great reminder.

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  4. What a gorgeous child! I remember receiving news of my brother’s terrible accident just as I was getting my 2 year old son ready for a birthday party. He helped us all get through it. Children have a knack, don’t they? I bought my grandson The Wimpy Kid books when he was younger, he loved them too. I loved his phonecalls, now, at 14, he barely acknowledges us. We have to wait a couple of years before we’ll be cool again and relish the one who’s already through it and the one who’s still young enough to think our jokes are funny 😄 I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. 💜

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  5. I am incredibly thankful for my 4 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters. I have been truly blessed. Your grandson is a real sweetie and you can tell he has a kind heart. Sharing the love of books is extra special and all six of mine do as well. xo

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