Nana Holds from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

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Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to come and share this time with me. I know it’s not always easy to break away from all that tugs on you and I pray that the blog that I share from my heart will speak directly to yours today! Grab your coffee and come on in.

Little by little, but more and more, I was learning to fit into his world for small moments of time. And with each moment of connection came a desire to protect his childhood while learning how to encourage it. I’m not sure if it was exactly in this month that we did what comes to the forefront of my sweet memories and moments with him, but it happened right around this time.

One of the many things I’ve come to appreciate and not stifle in this little guy is his joyous energy and engaging personality and his ability to go nonstop. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t keep up with him all the time, but most of the time I can, and the really cool thing is I choose to more often now, too. Anyway, one thing that grabs at this little guy’s attention and brings him to a place on the floor, or on the lap of Papa, or curled up in the big chair is a great animated feature. I’m smiling as I remember how many times we’ve watched his favorite: How to Train a Dinosaur! He loves, loves, loves that one, and so does Papa. And you know what, so do I now!

See, I actually sat down and watched the whole thing with him and Papa, without getting up and becoming distracted by something I felt I had to

playing Angry Birds on Nana's Tablet

playing Angry Birds on Nana’s Tablet

do right then and there. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but trust me, it’s pretty big in my world. What was and still is really amazing is his ability to sit and watch the entire film without the need to get up and play outside, chase the dogs, grab something out of the toy box downstairs. He sits through the entire thing. Well, that led us to do the next thing. We took him to his first movie experience, fully prepared to leave when and if he had enough, even if that meant fifteen minutes into it. Oh, and did I mention he likes popcorn?

Well, Papa paid for our tickets and we made our way into the designated theater for a newly-released movie – and for the life of me, the name of it escapes me, though I remember the movie! As we walked in, Papa told Bryden, “This is going to be so much fun. We’re going to have popcorn and watch a movie.” George’s enthusiasm tugged on the strings of my heart, unleashing a giggle as I listened to him carrying on with Bryden and I wasn’t sure who was the most excited, Bryden or George. I do know this, though: It was so good in my soul to see George genuinely happy.

As we walked further into the darkened theatre, I turned to look at Bryden just in time. I sensed that the dark had suffocated his enthusiasm and suddenly he didn’t look so happy about our new adventure. I elbowed George and mouthed that he was afraid because of the dark, not to mention the sounds reverberating from the projector onto the wide and humongous screen were pretty startling.

My hunch proved right when I picked him up and he clung to me like a dryer sheet to a sheet out of the dryer! We picked some seats quick-like and then Papa asked him if he wanted to go with him to get some popcorn. Whew, that diverted his fear and attention so off they went.

They returned with one of those huge tubs of buttered popcorn, and the treat of all treats, soda – but the no caffeine type, Sprite! We each got settled, George and me with that little cardboard square box you can use to mix your popcorn, and Bryden with the big bucket! What a picture that was, this little guy with a bucket on his lap half his size! Talk about a giggle.

As the advertisements finished and the screen came alive with snippets from movies to come, I watched him watching the screen with eyes bigger than half-dollars, his mind focused on what he was watching while his hand dug into the big bucket of popcorn and into his mouth, over and over again. And then when the movie came on, well I have to say I think I enjoyed watching him every bit as much as the movie, if not more. He never got out of his seat, never asked to leave or to go and play. He sat through the entire movie and the fits of giggles that erupted out of him throughout the movie told me he was enjoying himself immensely. I know I was and honestly, I don’t think I ever  enjoyed a movie like that ever!

Join me tomorrow for more moments in Nana Holds.


Nana Holds!

Nana Holds!


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