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Nana Holds from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and to more of Nana Holds, a series started almost a year ago now, one that is transforming me and hopefully encouraging others, especially any parent that is in the position of parenting their child’s child or children. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So we’re at the Disneyland Christmas Parade, and we’ve seen lots of favorite children’s characters, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened when he saw one that he was definitely familiar with: Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story. I couldn’t get the camera ready fast enough, so I’ll have to draw from the picture captured in my mind and stored in my heart. As soon as he saw Buzz, he began waving fast and furiously, shouting, “Buzz, remember me, Bryden?” He must have screamed it at least five times, and each time he did, I nearly cried as I silently pleaded with Buzz Lightyear to turn and wave to little Bryden, his long lost friend.

And finally, Santa made his appearance, and again, Bryden was awestruck but this time not into silence. “Santa,” he cried. “Over here, Santa.” He waved his arm so long and strong I thought it might fall off. “Look, Bryden; he’s waving at you,” at least I could help him think he was, right?

Best seat in the house!

Best seat in the house!

When the parade was finally over, we began our journey through the rides in the different toddler lands, like “It’s a Small World,” a very mild ride to get him in the riding mood. We discovered that this brave little boy definitely has strong dislikes when it comes to certain rides. I forget the name of the ride, but the one that has ghosts in it at the end that appear to come right in your car, well, he definitely didn’t like that ride! He likes horses but when he saw them going up and down, he wasn’t so sure but his daddy talked him into it so we all headed to the carousel ride. That turned out to be another fun adventure.

We rode the train in Fantasy Land, and a few other ones, too. He didn’t even want to stop to eat. I still can’t believe how well he did, walking through all those lands as if somebody had put an energizer battery in him. But every now and then, those sweet familiar words would pull me out of my own exhaustive state “Nanna holds,” and I’d bend down to pick him up, back and body hurting but heart overflowing!

Join me Thursday for more Nana Holds moments.

Evinda

Nana Holds!

Nana Holds!

 

Nana Holds from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to more of Nana Holds, a series started almost a year ago now. It’s been almost a month since the last entry for this series and we left off during the beginning of the 2012 Christmas season! Wow, where has all the time gone? I can’t wait to catch us up to the present in this series and share with you all that God is continuing to work through it as He continues to transform me in these Nana Holds moments. Grab your coffee and come on in.

We found out about three weeks before Christmas that Bryce was going to get a three-day pass for Christmas, so George and I began preparing Bryden for his Daddy’s visit home. “Bryden, Daddy gets a little vacation from his big job so he’s going to be coming home for a few days and we’re going to get to spend Christmas with him.” He understood “daddy’s coming home,” and we began to count down the days.

As the weeks turned into just days before the anticipated homecoming, we made plans for Bryce’s three-day home pass which began at 12:00 noon the Saturday before Christmas. Since this was to be a happy and joyous time for everyone, we thought we’d treat us all to “The happiest place on earth, Disneyland,” which is exactly where we headed the day we

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

picked him up.

What an experience, to see the happiest place through the eyes of a child like I had never done before. Oh, sure, I’ve taken my son when he was little but that was years ago when I was a control freak and much to worried about all the what-ifs instead of learning to be in the moments and soak up the happiness, even if just for the day.

Well, Disneyland was another do-over for me. When we finally made it into the park – OMG, was it ever crowded – we moved ever so slowly among the crowd and I tried not to feel so suffocated. We hadn’t even been inside twenty minutes, and hadn’t made it very far, when all of a sudden, Disneyland personnel began to rope off Main Street. It was time for the Christmas parade and we were just in time.

We weaved in and out of the clumps of people to a place that had a porch with enough room for all of us to stand, that is, Bryce, Bryden, Papa, Nana and Jene. That’s where we stopped to watch the complete parade, another experience I have never experienced! As many of the famous childhood characters came by on their various floats made up of their favorite things and places, Bryce put Bryden up on his shoulders. From my perspective, he had the best seat in the whole parade, and from the look on Bryden’s face, he was right where he wanted to be with who he wanted to be with.

When Mickey and Minnie Mouse came dressed in their Christmas clothes, their whimsical joy pulled a smile from Bryden and his eyes began to twinkle like only a child’s can. I watched as he stared somewhat captivated by Goofey and Pluto, and in awe at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, childhood characters he hasn’t met yet. Cinderella’s ethereal beauty rendered him still as he waved back at her, returning her parade-like wave that he just knew was for him. He waved at the little toy soldiers, the chipmunks and many other characters that had slipped my mind in my adult life.

Each time I saw a new character, I’d point: Bryden, there’s so and so and then I’d hurry and get my camera ready, turning my glance first to the character and then to him, hoping to capture all of what he was experiencing. There was so much to take in that he was actually speechless as each of them danced their way down Main Street, but his awe-inspired silence ceased as soon as he saw someone very familiar to him. I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t Santa!

Join me tomorrow for more Nana Holds moments

Evinda

Nana Holds!

Nana Holds!

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