My grandchildren bring much delight
Not one squabble and ne’re a fight
I’m weary now but full of joy
Having had this girl and boy
One child is eight, and one is ten
We planned a treehouse, built a den
Played tic-tac-toe and catch the ball
Had so much fun; I loved it all
We went for lunch and fed the ducks
There was no rain; we were in luck
The park was next that they had spied
Up the ladder, down the slide
Staying up while here allowed
Bedtime stories read out loud
A cuddle and a kiss goodnight
Leaving on the bedside light
I’ve had so very much to do
My energy, I must renew
Now, they’ve gone; I miss them so
But my heart is all aglow.
I appreciate each one of you
Thanks for reading my work, too
Thanks for your likes and each kind word
I’m weary now but not perturbed
Climbing up the hill, am I
Work piling up to reach the sky
A hundred emails in a row
I’ll start afresh, just so you know.
Image source – Google
Promenade Park playground in Maldon
60 thoughts on “My Grandchildren’s Visit (A Poem)”
Sounds like you all had a wonderful time Ellie!! It’s great to see the world through children’s eyes once in a while and try to remember having that much energy.
Thanks, Brian. We did have such a lovely time. You’re quite right – children seem to have boundless energy. I can’t wait to see them again now 😊.
Stay aglow. Bask in the afterglow all year, dear friend. And repeat often. Blessings.
Thank you, dear Selma. I do hope to be able to have them stay with me again in the not too distant future. It was such fun and I love them so much. Xx 💖🌹💕
Kids have a way of doing that to us. Wearing us out, but bringing so much joy and rejuvenation! Great post Ellie, glad it was a fun weekend.
Thanks, Brian. Yes, you’re quite right. After they’d left, I did feel exhausted but it was worth every minute. We had such a lot of fun.
It sounds like you had a nice visit with your grand kids. They came separately, right? If I take your poem literally, it sounds like you were out at a playground (park). Do you create stories in your head about others judging your disability? I hate doing this to myself but it’s so pervasive. Over the weekend we took Sophie and her girlfriend out to dinner. I had to nix the restaurant they had chosen because I knew it would be too noisy for my hearing aids. Then the restaurant we went to was pretty noisy as well, and it was obvious (to me at least) that I was missing large chunks of the conversation. I spent the evening wondering if Sophie’s friend was judging me. I assume her father is 10 – 15 years younger than me, and presumably can hear. I’d love to hear your perspective on this as you have a far more disruptive disability.
Hi, Jeff. We had a wonderful time together. Yes, I did have the children separately, although there were three overlaps where I had them both on my own for various reasons. We were lucky with the weather, which meant we could go out to have lunch and go to the playground.
I’m not aware that I create stories in my head about what people think about my disability, really. I think I’m quite confident about who I am as a person with a disability. The only times I have any thoughts like that are when I need help processing and packing my shopping at the checkout, and I’m aware I’m holding up the queue. Some shop assistants are more helpful than others. I have had the odd one who is obviously not impressed that I’ve had to ask for help. I suppose I’ve got so used to being a disabled person that it doesn’t, on the whole, bother me anymore.
Somehow, I think having a wheelchair is an obvious sign to people that I have a disability. In contrast, hearing impairment isn’t visible (apart from the possibility of noticeable hearing aids – I don’t know what yours are like). It must be very frustrating to know that you’re missing parts of the conversation, and I can see why you would feel (rightly or wrongly) that you were being judged. My Mum used to have hearing aids and always said how left out she felt. Do you find lip-reading helps, as I know we all lip-read to some extent, although I can imagine that, in a noisy restaurant, it would be impossible to do that with everyone eating their meal at the same time. Communication is vital in our society, and I honestly think, in that aspect, it’s easier for me with my physical disability than for you to be aurally cut off from parts of your world. (I don’t think I’ve been much help with my reply, so sorry if that’s the case).
So much for your break!
Thanks, Granny. It was just wonderful to be with them. We had such fun, and it was every second of being exhausted. It was the first time Charlie had been for a sleepover, and even Imogen hadn’t stayed since she was seven. Love you Xxx 💖
Kids are simply wonderful company!!! They male us all feel young again. Well done Ellie, great poem!!
Thanks, Simon. We had the best of times. I enjoyed them being here so much and I can’t wait to do it again. I’m glad you liked my poem – thank you.
Seems you had a happy time😊
Thank you, Vidah. We did have a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see them again. Xx 😊.
Nice you sharing grandchildren visit poem. Good sounded words use in. Beautiful photo for park playground.
All children’s play together.
Thank you, Rajkkhoja. We have such a lovely time. I’m glad you liked the picture. Xx 😊.
You are most welcome!
Really we have a lovely time that’s.
Sounds like you got your emotional batteries recharged! I’m happy for your fun time!
Thanks, Tamara. I certainly did. Thank you for being happy for me – that’s a lovely thing to say. Xx 🌹
Sounds like a great time and it is a beautifully written account/poem. We don’t have grand children yet but our oldest son is getting married in June so maybe a few years from now.
Thank you, Thomas. That’s kind of you to say. Grandchildren are wonderful. I hope you don’t have to wait too long to become grandparents.
Such a wonderful poem, Ellie. Happy you had a fun time with you grandchildren.💕
Thank you, Grace. We had a lovely time together. I can’t wait to do it all again. Xx 💖
You are so welcome 💕
I’m so glad you had such a nice visit with your grandchildren!
Thank you, Ann. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to have them stay over again. X 🌼
Aww, what a sweet little poem so bursting with emotion and memory of a happy time! ❤
Thanks very much, Layla. We had just the best time and I can’t wait to see them again. Xx 😊💕
Aww 🙂 sounds like a nice visit!
Thanks, Greg. Yes, it really was a lovely visit 😊.
Happy to hear you had a wonderful visit with your grandchildren.
Thanks so much, Allie. We did have such a lovely time. I will try to catch up with your blog today. I hope you are well. Xx 🌹
The good fortune of having such magical moments!
I am very lucky indeed to have my wonderful grandchildren stay with me. Hope you are well, Geoff 😊.
Glad you had a lovely time, Ellie. Will it be long before they come again?
Thanks, Mick. We had the most wonderful time together. I’m not sure when they’ll be coming to stay again – probably not until the summer holidays. My son only sees them every fortnight from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning, and he very often takes them out for days out. I can’t wait to have them stay with me again 😊.
I hope it won’t be too long, then. I expect the time will fly by until the summer holidays.
some love thoughts there… I like that park in Maldon 🙂
Thank you, Simon. Do you know Promenade Park in Maldon? Or do you mean it’s a nice park looking at the picture? It IS a great park, especially for the children, but also lovely scenery for the adults to appreciate, too 😊.
Yes I know it – I’ve been there a number of times. The water with the old cargo boats is peaceful to watch too.
It’s a small world sometimes, isn’t it, Simon?
It really is .. 🙂
Really loved this post, Ellie!!! So great to hear the feelings of joy and happiness in your words!!! Bellissimo, My Dear, Bellissimo!!!
Thanks so much, Chuck. We had the most wonderful time together. I enjoyed every minute with them 😊.
Oh this is a delightful poem and so happy to you hear you had such a wonderful time with your grandchildren Ellie!!! Now you can rest up! 💞
Thanks very much, Cindy. It was an absolute joy to have the children staying with me. It was such fun, and I can’t wait for them to come again, perhaps, in the summer holidays. I don’t know about resting up; I’m so behind on reading blogs, but hopefully, my blogging friends will realise I’ve been somewhat distracted (in the best possible way, of course) and that I’m having to skip a few to try and get up to date again. Hope you are well, Cindy, and I love the title of your new book (I read that post but didn’t have time to leave a comment, so I thought I’d add it here). Huge congratulations. Xx 💝
Oh how delightful. Don’t worry. It’s near impossible. We’re all happy you enjoyed yourself. Oh thanks so much and don’t worry a bit! You’ll have plenty a time later.. lol❣️
Very interesting write ✍️ you. So sweet & likable words use in. Beautiful thought!
Thank you so much, Rajkkhoja. I’m glad you liked it. The children were so good and it was a pleasure to have them. Xx 💙
Really your children is very good & talented.
Thank you, Rajkkhoja. Xx 💟
What a beautiful Melody EET
Seems like you had a great time.
Much needed joy
Thanks very much, Devang. We had a wonderful time. Yes, and much needed. I’m sorry I’ve missed a couple of your posts, my friend; I’ll look out for your next one 🌞.
Keep saying sorry!!
I will keep posting new and new!!
Dear friend, please don’t be sorry.
You take care and remember to smile
It sounds like you and your grandchildren had a lot of fun together!!
Hi, Sarah. How lovely to see you here again. It’s been quite a while. Thank you for your kind comment. We did have a wonderful time together. I can’t wait for them to come again again, although it probably won’t be until the summer holidays. Xx 🌞💕
Glad you got to spend time with your family. And as always, very expressive in your work. Great poem.
Thank you, Brian. That’s kind of you to say. I’m glad you liked it.
What a delightful and joyful poem! Sounds like a perfect visit.
It was a wonderful experience. I can’t wait until next time. Thank you for reading and catching up with my posts. Xx 🌼💞