Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Damn it, I'll dote if I want to!

Normally, I consider my internet moniker of GrannyJ to be more than a bit of a put on. I really don't feel or think like those ancients that were my grandmothers way back when (but, come to think of it, maybe I didn't really understand them either). However, I've discovered that I tend to melt when faced with my grandkids and their achievements major and minor. So please indulge me this one more time.

The little one makes creations with pens, colors, paper, cardboard, scissors, glue and scotch tape. I gave her a TP core and she soon had turned it into this fine zebra.

But the most elaborate project was the GD's newspaper. Note that there's a front page story about a little boy who secretly has three farys. (I am always charmed by stories and letters written by kids learning to read via phonics; my greatest favorite was the niece who lived in the Deep South, whose phonetic writing always came with a heavy southern accent.)

Oops.

Here are the inside pages, each with a feature.

My favorite is this piece about the kid with the biggest brane in the world (you can tell by the picher.)

She had been watching a Pippi Longstocking video, which inspired this drawing.

Her other project came about as a result of her bigger, braver cousins who casually collected prize insects for their father. Learning that bugs were really cool, she took up collecting them herself in a big way. These critters were to be a surprise for her dad, which is why I hadn't posted them earlier.

19 comments:

Omegadad said...

Aww... that's my girl.

AZ said...

The toilet paper zebra is fanominal!

quilteddogs said...

Those are just great!

azlaydey said...

Kudos to granddaughter! What a wonderful imagination! She must take after her grandma! It will be interesting to sh what she does as an adult..........

azlaydey said...

Whoops a typo! I meant she

Jarart said...

She is a very talented young lady! Perhaps she will be a journalist. I was glad to get to see the finished picture, when she showed it to us it was just the girl and monkey on a horse. Well done.

Warren said...

That zebra is a roll model for zebras everywhere! Nicely done!

Granny J said...

OD -- but then, as her dad, you're a fellow doter.

AZ -- I thought it was way cool. She was unhappy that the legs wouldn't stand up properly.

QD -- yep!

lady -- love to be around to see!

jarart -- her projects tend to be fairly comprehensive & complex -- hence the newspaper.

warren -- groan!

Jan said...

Granny J..the kid's a creative genius! I love it!

Dote as much as you like! :)

Anonymous said...

Fun post, "grandma"!

One thought... will future elementary school kids even know what a newspaper is to create their own? Will paper newspapers still be around?

Hmmmm.

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

jan -- I'm very impressed with the GD's artwork and imagination. She's only 7 for heavens' sake!

anon av -- good questions, those. As a matter of fact, I don't think that the GD sees a paper newspaper in her home; I suspect that she was fascinated by the 2 daily newspapers that I read.

Melanie A. said...

These are all so wonderful. I'm glad to know there's a young imagination not thoroughly hijacked by ice shows and the Cartoon Network.

These will archive well in that dry Az. air--she'll be happy to see them again later.

Steve said...

Good for her and good for you.

RV-boondocker-explorer said...

Over the years, philosophers and theologians have wrestled with the question of what makes Man different from the animals. They adopt certain definitions like "Man is a tool-making animal," or "Man is a political animal."

Then we learn a little more biology and find to our horror that those supposedly unique traits ARE actually found in other species, although to a lesser degree than in homo sapiens.

Until I read this post I never stopped to think that --unlike parenthood-- the affectation that grandparents feel for the grandkids might be as uniquely human as any as those other traits.

Granny J said...

melanie -- I scored only the zebra; the newspaper and the bugs went to Alaska to show off to her dad.

steve -- the little one is most observant; as for me, I worked in the print media for 30 years. I don't dare give it up!

boonie -- I suspect that affection may be exclusively ours (if you can prove that such exists), but protecting the gene line seems to extend into many species, and not just the mammals. On the other hand, I don't share any genetics with any of the grandkids, so there, maybe, is a real human difference.

RV-boondocker-explorer said...

Sorry, typo, I meant "affection", not affectation.

Granny J said...

boonie -- my italics didn't refer to your typo, which I hadn't even seen

Meggie said...

I absolutely love her art work!!

Granny J said...

meggie -- I'm one of her biggest fans -- have been for a long time.

 
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