Living Arrows – 39/52

You don’t see him often.  We should visit more regularly really – he’s been lonely since Nan died – but it’s two hours each way on the train and there are nap schedules to think of and for two such tiny people, you come with a lot of luggage.  It’s difficult to get you across London.  But we should visit more regularly, or at least clear more Sundays for him to drive to your Grandy’s for us all to pile in.

It’s a special thing, to have great-grandparents.  You are lucky to have three.  They are all so good to you and love you so much and I will write about each of them individually but I wanted to tell you a little about Granddad John because these are his pictures, this was his visit.

He is gentle with tomato plants and with little children.  He let me hang off of his ears for hours when we swam, pretending that I was a mermaid riding a sea horse.  He took us sledging in the snow, over log ‘bridges’ to islands in the park, to the New Forest, the beach, fairgrounds and theme parks and Tenerife.  He and my Nan were a sanctuary from the chaos of my parents’ divorce, they were my confidentes and my friends.  Throughout my troubled teenage years they always had something kind to say about me.

Your Great Granddad is so proud of you.  Every time he sees you he presses crumpled notes into my hand and insists that I treat you, he never tires of hearing how you have grown.  He loves you.  He has eighty long years against your not-even-one and I don’t know for how long you will know him, but I hope that you take away something of his kindness, his gentleness, his quiet dignity. 

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8 Comments

  1. Donna
    September 22, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Three great grandparents is an amazing thing. Every time I see photos of your extended family – outside of you, Kirsty and the boys, it strikes me what a lovely family you have. You always seem to loved, so close, so nice. Beautiful photos as always x

  2. Carie
    September 23, 2015 / 7:18 am

    oh what a lovely man and a very special great-grandad for the boys. These are such gorgeous happy photos full of family and lots of love 🙂

  3. Jodie
    September 23, 2015 / 7:38 am

    I wish I could capture my grandad in this way. I have so many regrets that I didn’t get enough photos of my nan before she passed.

  4. LauraCYMFT
    September 23, 2015 / 10:59 am

    What a lovely post. My two are lucky to have a great grandma who visits us as often as she can (she gets the bus for free with her bus pass!) It’s such a lovely relationship to watch blossom. Gorgeous photos as always.

  5. Katie
    September 23, 2015 / 11:50 am

    What a lovely post and such special moments and memories. Love these pictures too xx

  6. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    September 24, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Aaaw how lovely Amber, your boys are so lucky to have 3 great grandparents around 🙂 Your photos are beautiful and these really are to cherish xx

  7. You Baby Me Mummy
    September 28, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Such a gorgeous post huni and wonderful pictures, so much life and emotion in them x

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