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We Play So They Will Remember

Posted by jbrosser on Friday, June 20, 2008

I just posted some beautiful pictures of my granddaughters, Aunnah and Paige while at the Botanical Gardens in Ft. Worth, TX. 

A few months ago these two little girls were living with my wife and I while my son and his wife were going through a difficult time.  Up until then, since they lived a long distance from us, we hadn't been able to spend as much time with them as we'd like.  Aunnah  is five and Paige is just two.  As any with grandchildren can imagine, we fell in love with these two angels.  Grandpa Joe especially fell hard.

While they were here, my mind would go back to a poem, "The Children's Hour", written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  It was a poem that my father would read many times while I was a child growing up in Haynesville, Louisiana.  If you have grandchildren and have never read it, I would encourage you to do so.

My little Paige loved to listen to her Grandpa Joe play the banjo.  She would dance and twirl as I played her favorites, Wildwood Flower and Old Joe Clark.  When I would stop playing, she would run over to me and put her face to my face and say, "Danthin", meaning she wanted to dance some more.  That would go on for a good thirty minutes or more until she couldn't stand up anymore.  Her sister, Aunnah, would just sit and laugh at her little sisters antics.

Now, they've moved far away again and I don't know when we will spend time together.  I wonder if they will remember the music, their grandma and me.  I'm sure they will because, after all, that's what our music does to even the youngest of folks.  It penetrates into their hearts and will be there forever.



3 comments on “We Play So They Will Remember”

banjosis Says:
Friday, June 20, 2008 @1:55:22 PM

Hey Grandpa Joe, I feel your pain. It is so hard to get so attatched to our little grandchildren only to have them move far away. The very same thing happened to me and I still am grieving from the seperation. On the upside, I'm sure you made an impression upon your young granddaughters that will last forever.  Hopefully you will be able to stay in touch with them via telephone or letters and pcitures. take care and thanks for sharing!

MarkRB Says:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 @3:37:15 AM

I have two Grand kids, they are perfect human beings. Luckily they live only two hours away sow see them a lot. My daughter wants to eventualy move to Colorado, that's OK. As told her, we will follow, she's OK with that. Grand kids make our long life so worth while. But so does the banjo, maybe cus' we can hold each in pour arms, LOL.

jbrosser Says:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 @3:57:20 AM

Mark, thanks for the comment. Grandkids do make life worth living. My grandson is in my blog pic above. He's having a big time singing "Old McDonald".

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