My Grandchildren’s Visit (A Poem)

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


Author: Ellie Thompson

Writing my memoirs, musings, a little fiction and a lot of poetry as a way of exploring and making the most of my life ... ... Having had a break from writing my blog for more than three years, I decided to return to write my memoirs, some day-to-day observations, views and feelings. My passion is non-fiction poetry. I have a disability and use an electric powerchair called Alfie and let nothing get in the way of living life to the full. I believe that you can never do a kindness too soon and should give credit where credit is due. A smile or a kind word could make the difference between a good or bad day for a person - we never know what's going on for another soul. Those little things, perhaps, practised daily like a mantra, could mean so much to someone else. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading a little more about me. Please, make yourself at home here. You are very welcome. Ellie x 😊

60 thoughts on “My Grandchildren’s Visit (A Poem)”

  1. 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.

    1. 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 💖🌹💕

  2. 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.

    1. 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).

    1. 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 💖

  3. Nice you sharing grandchildren visit poem. Good sounded words use in. Beautiful photo for park playground.
    All children’s play together.
    I like!

  4. Sounds like you got your emotional batteries recharged! I’m happy for your fun time!

  5. 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.

    1. 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 😊.

    1. 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 😊.

    1. 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 💝

      1. 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❣️

    1. 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 🌞.

    1. 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 🌞💕

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