In the course of my Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of the
company of my two grandsons from my oldest daughter. They are
adorable, as all children are when related to yourself! I play the car
game, “My father (or mother, grandfather, uncle…) owns a grocery
store and in it, he sells… ” and we give a beginning letter or the first
letters of the product or item. We were heading for a 20 minute
away Burger King play area. They love the crowns and they were
getting strawberry milkshakes. Mom (my oldest daughter) gave
the “okay” since they had already eaten supper!
That night, we were teaching the four year old that the letter “C”
doesn’t just make a “K” or “S” sound. We told him that it can make
a “ch” blend sound. I gave him that explanation as a “hint” when he
had asked, “Is it edible?” So precious,to think they can learn such
things so young, don’t you think? And, he was off asking about was
it a drink or was it candy?, etc. By the time we told him about the
“ch” sound he asked, “Is it chicken?” We were so proud of him!
But then when I said, “No but you are getting this!” When I gave
him another hint, “It could be white, orange or yellow,” he lost
track of the letter and shouted, “Mac and cheese!”
And, my word was ‘cheese’ so we gave him ‘credit.’ We play taking
turns guessing. Otherwise, his older brother, age 8, Skyler, would
“win” all the time!
We had driven halfway down the road and Micah said, “We saw
two movies, Nana, in this month.”
I asked, “Which ones and give me your reviews.” Skyler chuckled
but Micah asked, “What’s (has trouble with r’s) ‘bevoos’, Nana?”
I replied, “Tell me what they were and whether or not you like
them. Reviews mean, if you could tell a friend, would you say
you liked them?”
Micah asked Skyler, “Which one do you want me to tell her about?”
Skyler answered, “Whichever one you want!”
Micah said, “Nana, you would LOVE the movie, “Despicable Me 2!”
“Why did you like it so much?”
He thought a minute, “Because the bad guy isn’t as bad as he was
in the first one. This time you know he is not so mean, he likes the
little kids a lot.”
He added, “It is so funny!”
I asked, “Micah if you could give it stickers would you give it 3 or 4?”
He said, “Well, Nana it should get 10 stickers!” (So cute, huh?)
Next Skyler told me all about the movie, “Monsters University.”
He really liked it because it “is not for babies. It was very smart
and had a lot of fun things. A boy when he is on a school field
trip, rode a bus to visit the Monsters, Inc. company. There he
sees a guy named Frank who is able to be a good ‘scarer.’
Then, the boy grows up wanting to become a scarer, too. Did
I mention he is a boy monster? Anyway, he goes to college
called Montsters University. His roommate is named Randall
Boggs and looks like a chameleon monster that is like one of
those guys on that show you like, Big Bang Theory. What are
I said, “They are scientists but can be considered ‘nerds’ or
they also are “Trekkies” like your Poppy in Dayton.”
Skyler said that he liked all the guys like Sulley who is kind of
rude and “obnoxious.” He added, “This is a mature movie, not
I questioned a little about the old characters from the first movie
then asked, “What would you say for a rating system? I usually
use the newspapers to rate using four stars as the best… How
many would you give this one?”
“Nana, you have to give it 10 stars, because it is at least as good
as “Despicable Me 2!”
To summarize, both those mentioned animated movies should get
as many stars as possible and they are highly recommended by a
four and eight year old I know!
We arrived at the play area, snagged their shakes and I bought a
complete meal, Whopper Jr., onion rings with zesty sauce and a
large iced vanilla coffee. The boys took their shoes off, stopped
and asked, “Can we take our socks off, too?”
“Sure, we will use wipes after you play and clean up before you
They proceeded to ask me to take a picture of them with their
crowns on their heads. I sent it to their mother and stepdad,
to their aunt (my youngest daughter who called them “precious”
in their crowns) and since Lenny had been texting me, I sent
him a picture, too. He pronounced them “fine looking kings!”
Lenny told me to tell them “hi” from him.
Next time they got out of the play area, having been down the
slide and making friends with other children, they asked about
the picture, I showed them the texts back to them. Skyler read
them to Micah.
“Mommy says, ‘awww!'” and repeated Aunt Felicia’s words to
Micah, but when he got to Lenny, I had to tell them that he is
who I am seeing now.
MIcah groaned, “What happened to Mark?”
I repeated what I told him a few months back, that we had
retried and made an attempt to be boyfriend and girlfriend,
but once all the effort to “catch me” was over, he turned out
he wanted to be with his ex-girlfriend of more years.
I explained that sometimes the longer time you are with a
person, the better you like them.
Skyler, a little too wise for his age, added, “My big sister
Breanna, for example went back to her old boyfriend
since he lives closer and is more convenient to where
she is now. (His half sister is a high school graduate
and off to Dayton to work and lives too far to see
her local boyfriend here in Delaware.)
The analogy was sort of enought to satisfy them
and answer the question.
But both boys came to a very nice and sweet conclusion:
“Lenny better be good to you, Nana! We don’t want you
On our way back to their house, we played “My father owns
a grocery store” and Skyler ‘stumped us.’ Turns out I could
think of tons of fruits and foods with the first letter “A” but
could not think of any vegetables. Micah “gave up” fairly
quickly but I kept racking my brain (feeble as it is sometimes!)
When he gave me a “hint” which we allow one for adults and
3 for kids, Skyler said, “You need them to make guacamole!”
Oh! I forgot that he would know that avacados are a vegetable!
And I forgot that avacados are in his range of knowledge, too!
On the way to and from the kingdom of play and fun, we had
the most amazing conversations.
Relationships are always so special when children are in the car
and we are’media free’and captivated by their thoughts, vivid
imagination and conversation.