grands

About My Grands

I was busily writing my blog when my phone rang. I only pick up when it is a member of our family. The call was from my daughter. I want to share our conversation, and then, I will go back to writing my Good Morning Story. Why? Because I think it may interest you, darlings.

Before I could say hello my daughter’s excited voice said, “Mom, I just got the results of my DNA test from Ancestry.com. I am so excited to tell you that I am 25% Spanish- Portuguese! Hurry up and go on line to Ancestry and order kits for you and Papa! I know you will be excited too.”

Well darlings, I did! Immediately. Why don’t you?

Now to my story:

Last Saturday, at a birthday luncheon, the conversation, among us girls, turned to my blog. “How do you get your ideas for a story?” several friends asked.

“I have no rule of thumb.” I answered. “It could be an ‘experience.’ I may ‘see’ something or someone that peeks my fancy. I ‘listen’ to conversations.’  A ‘memory will flash into my mind. Reading material that I find fascinating and educational that I think you, darlings, would enjoy. So many things.”

Today’s event, the ‘experience’ of ordering my ancestry DNA kit, prompted me to think of my immediate family tree…  my Grands.

I am quite certain your curiosity is aroused when you read stories that I am the grandmother of twenty-two grandchildren, who call me Honey. We are adding another one in June because of marriage. I imagine some of you are asking yourself, “I wonder how many children she had that produced so many Grandchildren?”

My husband, Shelly, and I have four children between us (we were both widowed) bringing the total to twenty-two now that that four of the children are married.

As many of you know, I call my grandchildren, my “Grands” and grand they are! There are girls and boys ranging in age from twelve to thirty.

 

Here are some of their facts:

  • They are animal lovers. As of last count, between them, there are fourteen dogs, three cats, two turtles — gifted by yours truly that are now as large as Galapagos Island turtles — many goldfish, one parakeet and a Panama Parrott.
  • Several of the Grands are exceptional athletes and musicians;  thanks to their dedicated parents who feel athletics and music play an important role in their children’s development.
  • Education is taken seriously in each household. They older Grands are  college graduates; many have lived abroad during their studies and for the most part they all attended public schools.
  • The Grands live in seven states across America: Illinois, New York. Indiana. Texas. California. Oregon, and Arizona.
  • Family is their strongest value. Brothers and sisters are best friends. All of the Grands have at least three siblings. The largest of the families has eight children.
  • Each extended family is very important. There is no friction between our families.