2020 Weekly Photo Challenge

Theme: Reflections

I was on the boardwalk in Lavagna, Italy. Beautiful day with my grandchild and hubby. We stayed at the seashore with my grandchild for the first time. We wondered if he would fuss about not having mommy overnight. Well, he did, but mostly because our epileptic dog was jealous and kept on barking all night. I was devastated, I didn’t sleep a wink all night. Mostly because of Blackie my dog. My GC was wonderful. Besides wanting to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.I had forgotten what it was like to have a small child. “It’s too dark, turn on the light, I’m scared,” OMG! But the next day we went to the park. We all wore our face masks and the park was deserted besides a grandma, ex-3rd grade teacher, now retired, and a 14 month old boy. Our grandchild was super happy. He played with the little toddler. Swung on the swings and went up and down the slides. He really needed to get out and play with a child. We can’t replace child play. Children must play with children, not parents or grandparents all the time. Better times will come.

Ero a lavagna con il mio nipotino e marito. Una giornata meravigliosa. Era la prima volta che lo portavamo al mare e che dormiva con noi. Se non fosse stato per il nostro cane che era geloso avremmo dormito sonni tranquilli, però no. A parte il fatto che il piccolo si svegliava di continuo e diceva che era buio, e che le scappava la pipi. Mi ero dimenticata com’era avere un piccolino che non dorme. Bontà divina, meno male che sono solo la nonna. Comunque il giorno dopo, anche se non avessimo dormito molto, abbiamo passato una bellissima giornata al parco dove il nostro piccolini ha potuto giocare con un bimbo di 14 mesi. Nostro nipotino si divertiva a salire su e giù dai scivoli e a dondolarsi sulle altalene. Noi grandi non possiamo sostituire il gioco fra bimbi. Speriamo che questo momento passi presto e che tutto torni alla normalità.

Author: eleanorannpeterson

As a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around - I moved to Italy, where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management. When not working in our family-run business, I write, read, play with clay, doodle, and go on scavenger hunts in the woods, followed by my six cats.

3 thoughts

  1. Nice reflections photo! And I love your “reflections” about your time with your GC! Totally agree how important it is for kids to play with other kids. Although, it’s also important for them to spend time with grandparents (older generation than their parents). It’s especially hard during these times, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes indeed, Tie with my grandchild are precious. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with diabetes type 1. It crushed me. Poor little darling. This year has been very difficult for us. But writing and illustrating keeps my mind off our troubles. Better times will come. Thanks Maria.

      1. Sorry to hear about the diabetes diagnosis. 🙁 That’s rough. But thank goodness we live in a post-Frederick Banting world! A hundred years ago, that was a death sentence for a child. Still, it’s not fun. (I don’t think 2021 can come fast enough!)

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