Friday, August 5, 2016


Spent some time with my grandchildren last week.  What fun we had reading books, splashing in puddles, watching ants and racing cars across the living room rug.

As an educator, I love watching how the kids develop.  Their little minds just seem to run full tilt sometimes.  I was amazed to watch my grandchildren figure out problems by themselves.  I also enjoyed listening to their often profound questions.

Grandson #2 tested my ability to come up with creative answers, however.  "Why?" was his favorite question the entire time I was there. Made me wonder if his little mind ever rested. But, what a gift it is to have children that ask questions. (Even if they do drive you nuts sometimes!)

Here are some of the questions I danced around.

  • Why do ants like mud?
  • Why are you stay with us?
  • Why do you like to sing songs?
  • Meena, why are you Mommy's mommy?
  • Why can't I find my red car you gave me? (I have given him several, so finding the right one was a challenge!)
  • Why did you get me a Dory bag?
  • Why do you love me so much?
The last question was easy to any...What's not to love, I said.  To which my grandson promptly replied..."Why?!"


Sunday, July 24, 2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As a little girl, I loved to read Nursery Rhymes.  One of my favorites was, Mary, Mary Quiet Contrary.  

When I asked my mother what contrary meant, she explained that it was a word used to describe someone who didn't do things the way everyone else did.  I liked that idea!  Being contrary meant you could be different.

As the years passed, I realized that Mary was being hard to get along with, she simply wanted a garden that grew wild and free.  No neat rows and carefully coiffed hedges for her!

Inspired, my garden is a WILD-erness, too!  Here are some pictures to brighten your day, along with the poem.

Mary, Mary, quiet contrary
How does your garden grow?
With cockershells and silverbells,
And pretty maids all in a row.