Sunday, November 16, 2008
Grandpa, Me And Riley Makes Three
I can't begin to tell you how much I love this little guy. Not only is he my first grandson, but he carries my maiden name 'Riley'. He is all about helping. He was out of school on Friday because of teacher parent conferences. Seth went to his sitter and Riley came out on Thursday to spend the night and to spend the next day with us. One of the first things he said was, "Pappaw, I brought my tools!" Well he wasn't going to get any work out of Pappaw since J.D. has been down with some sort of nasty bug going around.
Grandma found plenty to keep him busy though. After breakfast I pulled up the Lego web site for him and he played the games on there until I got some things done in the house that needed doing. By The Way that is a really good site for those that have children or grands looking for a different web site to visit. After lunch and watching the movie "Kung Fu Panda" Riley and I headed outside to tackle the Pampas Grass that needed cut back for the winter. I have four good sized plants that needed to be tied up in a bundle and cut back. We were able to get two of them taken care of before I gave up for the day. We bundled up the first one and Riley fully intended to do the cutting with the loppers. He found out in a heart beat that those stalks don't cut easily. I took over and cut back the first one. We loaded the bundle into the lawn tractor wagon and took it to the back of the yard and piled it up. This winter some of the smaller critters will make their home amongst the clippings. Riley was unloading it while he was still in the wagon and tumbled right out onto the ground. The expression on his face was hilarious. To looked up at me real quick to see if I saw his fall. He looked like he wanted to cry, but right away started to laugh.
After we got the second plant all bundled up, I was distracted by picking up one of my lawn ornaments to store away for the winter. While I was busy with that, Riley took control of those loppers and was bound and determined that he was going to cut this one by himself. Which he did.
Riley is a very unique child. He just plain and simply loves to work. He has been that way all of his life. When we finished with the second plant he was ready to get back to digging on the fire pit we had started months before. I talked him into putting that one off until his visit. I fixed Spaghetti and salad for supper and the child cleaned his plate without leaving even one noodle behind.
I always enjoy it when any of the grandchildren come to visit, but for some reason I especially enjoyed this visit from Riley.
May your blessings be many as you travel through the week ahead and find joy in the love and laughter of a child