Last week, I had the opportunity to babysit my granddaughter.  The reason I refer to it as an “opportunity” is because her enthusiasm is simply contagious.  Refreshing and entertaining, she never ceases to amaze me and I love catching it from her!

Of course, homework was first even though Nana was there for a “sleepover and babysitting all day tomorrow,” I heard her mother say. 

Hmmmm, I thought tomorrow will be fun because we will have the entire day to ourselves, listening attentively while she did spelled out her challenge words.

That night, once we had our pajamas on and popcorn snack in hand, the movie selected was Pirate Fairy.  However, soon realizing that her enthusiasm had waned when I turned to look at her on the couch, I hit the sheets myself.

 The next morning would be great, I thought as I drifted off to sleep on the sofa.

We began simply by sharing our fondness for Cheerios with milk and freshly sliced strawberries.  Then once energized we were on to bigger and better things.

Building a fort with every pillow in the house, layered with sheets, blankets and throws, we sprawled out on it getting oh so comfortable to watch Pirate Fairy.  This time we saw the entire movie…both of us…together. (A great movie for children with very valuable lessons and a great story line, I might add.)

After lunch…

Nana, I have an idea that I’ve been thinking about for a long, long time.  Can you make envelopes?
Sitting at the island in the kitchen I began to manufacture the twelve envelopes she needed.

Meanwhile she traced a round caddy and made the world, drawing tiny people standing on top..."the whole family."  Next came the big hearts, with her hand print inside and finally, a picture of each recipient when they were young.

She also read me a story while I finished the last of the envelopes.

By the time her Mom came home from work, I was beat.  My quest for enthusiasm, entertainment and those things that fill a 5 1/2 yr old's head had been fulfilled. It was time for me to head home.

A good friend in Virginia once told me, "JP, your enthusiasm is contagious."  I think Mia have have inherited it!

Bottom line is this:

Let the enthusiastic souls into your life...catch it.
Let the happy people into your with them.
Let the effervescence of others lift your mood.

However, catching their cold is not recommended.

Did I tell you
  I caught that too...five days later
and am miserable.


TexWisGirl said…
oh, bummer. but i bet you'd do it again in a heartbeat. :)
Anonymous said…
Kids are germ spreaders aren't they?
Inger said…
How blessed you are and so is Mia. Sounds like you had a wonderful time together. I also read the previous post, of course I would. Samson's always telling on Faith, so funny.
Gail said…
What a glorious time. You are very blessed.

I remember when my grands looked at me that way.
Ann Thompson said…
sounds like a fun filled time. too bad about catching the cold
We spent the afternoon with our 3 year old granddaughter and 7-1/2 year old grandson, so we do know how fast time can go by.
Ginny Hartzler said…
I am so sorry! We always catch our granddaughter's colds. She is beautiful, how old is she now? They can teach us something continue to have enthusiasm for things and see them in a new way. It is always a joy to see things anew through their eyes.
What a precious doll and I'm wondering who had the most fun! A year from now my little granddaughter will probably be walking...scary! Will I be able to keep up?

So sorry you caught the dreaded germs...when mine were small they were immune to everything but were able to spread it all over the house for me to catch. :(

Jane xx
What great fun and memories you've made together!! Glad you had fun, except for that cold she left behind--Feel better JP!!
Rambling Woods said…
Oh darn.... I have one too...but this post gives me ideas for the future... Love this.... Feel better
MorningAJ said…
Oh dear. Maybe you need another visit to gather enough energy to get better!
Mimsie said…
I so enjoyed 'hearing' about what you and your granddaughter did together.
I used to love it when I was younger and our three granddaughters would come and stay or we would take then with us on our holidays. They were wonderful times.
My grandchildren are all very much adults now and unfortunately I seldom get to see my little great-granddaughters which is sad and I'm far too old to babysit now.
MadSnapper said…
I think in this case the pro's outweigh the cons' and catching a cold is trumped by contagious enthusiasm.. she is so sweet and cute
EG CameraGirl said…
Hope you are now feeling much better!

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