Monday, September 24, 2018

Snippets and Threadtales: Forever Young




May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young

-Bob Dylan-

Saturday,  we had our darling granddaughter over. I played with her for 3 1/2 hours....dolls, monkeys and other stuffed animals, My Little Ponys,  dancing, singing, washing toy dishes in the sink, listening to a cassette story book.Yes, I still have cassettes saved plus a player that still works...on and on, we had great fun.

 I have free printed off coloring pages and blank paper to draw in but magic paint with water paint dots printed on  are a big favorite, as are paper collages.




I saved old magazines for this fun. Seasonal photos....pumpkins, turkeys but anytime we find  flowers, cats, dogs, chickens, horses etc...great fun. We cut,  or rip (out for a free spirited effect) and glue stick them on, one by one.

I helped with some cutting to beat the drying glue stick once in awhile, but most of this especially placement..is all hers. We both have such fun with our conversations  in the process. 

We saw her cousins, our other two other grandchildren on Sunday and both of us were building couch pillow forts and climbing in and out of them,  singing, wild dancing, playing with blocks, stuffed animals, digging in the dirt outside and feeding their chickens,  and yes..magic painting with both of them, as well.

We love all 3 of these little toddler sized munchkins, they are so so cute and dear. Everything they say about how special being a grandparent is,  so so true. 


We are determined to stay young enough to lift, carry, dance, and keep up with as needed. Then they go home, or we do.

It gets harder at the end of a day, we're much closer to 70 than 65 now,  but our hearts want to be there for them is strong and even if they're too young now for their memories, we treasure ours.

And we take photos. Lots of photos. Thanks be to the inventors of digital everythings.

And then at the end of our play,  we plop into an easy chair ( when you've been up since midnight with my almost no sleep life) we have energy to spare for clicking the t.v. remote controls.

My secret to virtual youth? Photo frame ap with its own built in soft focus filter as in no I did not draw the lead photo. Ha!

68 1/2 years young is when the aging sped up on my surface layer. But! The experts are now saying those running, weight lifting, gym workouts may be no better than 15 minutes of vigorous activity. Playing with toddlers and crawling down the hall to bed has to count!

Right ?


Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

4 comments:

  1. Oh such fun you had! That surely has to keep you young!! I have NO grandchildren of my own, but do have 3 step-grandchildren... growing up way too fast. I had the pleasure of playing with the oldest one when she was just a toddler.. that was so much fun.. and I always kept a "drawing drawer" for the two girls when they came to our house. They always headed to that drawer as soon as they walked in the door! Crayons, pencils, coloring books, blank paper and their very own folders. They loved it. Now they are older and live further away, so hardly get to see them. That is very sad. Oldest is now 17! I find it harder now to have the energy and patience for little ones, but I'm sure if they were my very OWN, I would somehow manage! Hugs.. Marilyn

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  2. Oh, Marilyn! Finding it is the key! Some days I think "I'm so tired, how am I going to do it? But their energy is infectious! I am so blessed they all live in the area. You are lucky to have yours and they are so truly lucky to have you!

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  3. Oh yes it certainly keeps you young in minds & body Michelle. The memories are so precious and I always feel I enjoyed them more than when I had my children. Not just that I had more time, I was more relaxed than when my children were young. I was always so worried about them as my Mam had died & they both had health problems. Thank God for grandchildren.

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  4. Winifred, you are so right. They are the best. So many young mothers are faced with challenges of children with health problems and loss in the family makes it all harder. As moms we have to take care of everyone else and barely have time for ourselves, our health or our losses. But boy do we learn from it all. We all do the best we can as parents or grandparents and as long as we share love we're doing great.





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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.