The Cat, The Pond and The Tooth Fairy House...

@Darkwing (21588)
July 27, 2007 7:23am CST
Don't you just love kids? As you all know, I go to my Son's house for Sunday evening dinner most weeks, and as most of you know, I have a granddaughter who keeps herself amused. Last time, it was a fairy and bug house in the garden, which pic incidentally, I still haven't uploaded to the computer. Anyway, last Sunday, I arrived, and my little granddaugher was sitting on the living room floor, sewing away at this little brown object, which I couldn't see properly. So, I asked what she was making, to which she replied, "A cat!" My daughter-in-law told me that she'd asked for the sewing box the evening before, at nine o'clock. She'd found this piece of brown material, cut out a shape for head and body, then two arms, two legs, a tail and two ears. Needless to say, even when she's on school holidays, she has to go to bed soon after nine, so she continued the next morning, producing this stuffed cat, which was about five inches in height. That done, I was called to the garden!!!:) In a corner of the garden, by the shed, she had dug a hole, long, but not awfully wide or deep, then cadged a recycled bin bag from her Mum and torn it down the seam to open it up, laid it in the hole, to line it, put lumps of stone or rock around the top edges to hold it, and put water in, to make a pond. Then, she put a big log behind it, and put the dirt which she'd dug out to make the hole, behind it, ready to put some plants in. Then came the gravel, quite course gravel, which she put into the bottom of the pond, as a base, and also to hold the bag down. She was very proud of her home-made pond! I must admit, it was pretty good. I sat in the garden for a while, and when I went indoors, she was on another project. She had a shoe box, and was making a tooth fairy's home. She put an opening front on, a door, a window, and when you opened it, there was a little bed, with a cover over it, made from a scrap of material, a wardrobe, she had assembled from cardboard, with opening door, a tooth collector which was like an envelope on the wall at the bottom of the bed, lol, and a dressing table. She wrote Tooth Fairy Cottage on the front of the house, and all was finished. The room was a mess... it was like a tornado had been through, but who cares? I helped her tidy it, as did her Dad, because what price a clear-up compared to a whole day of educational play, with achievements to show at the end. A mess costs nothing!Who says that the days of amusing ourself for little cost have gone? That little one amuses herself endlessly and produces some great, imaginative ideas. What can we teach them? I am most certainly humbled!:)
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Jul 07
wow what an imagination. and so great that she can amuse herself as for the pond what great ingenuity went into that. and A tooth fairy house how presiuos lol . I hope she keeps this all up no matter the mess she makes. hugs and blessings
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
I hope she keeps it up too, Lakota. She has a very clever mind, and I don't know where she got the idea of building the pond from... maybe the tv. She'll sit quietly and watch anything that interests her, like that, and store it up for the following day, when she goes to work! Great though, what she comes up with. Brightest Blessings.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Jul 07
it sure is how old is she ?
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
She's nine, going on seventeen. lol
@creematee (2810)
• United States
27 Jul 07
What a cutie! Thank you so much for sharing her with us. I think I want to go play with her! My children are pretty good at imaginative play, but they haven't taken it that far. Good for her, and Excellent work my mom and dad for letting her and encouraging her to "play." Next Sunday, please give your GD a great big hug from me, please??!! LOL!
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
Thank you, Creematee... I'm sure she would welcome you to play with her, but I'll certainly give her a big hug from you, on Sunday, when I see her. Brightest Blessings.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
3 Aug 07
Thank you for the BR. :) Did your GD have any more neat surprises for you when you arrived this weekend?
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Aug 07
You're quite welcome, and yes, she did, but it was last weekend now. lol. You can find her last week's invention here... http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1222364.aspx I hope you enjoy it. :)
@weemam (13378)
28 Jul 07
I so much miss this interaction with play with my granddaughters pal , they are now 13 and almost 18 and I miss hearing " nanny will you come and play with me , " I used to love to play with them and teach them how to bake , They still come visit me and I still get my kisses and cuddles , It is such a lovely feeling when we watch them play isn't it pal , such a warm feeling inside , To think that we were responsible in some way for this perfect( as we all grandparents think) child xxxx
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Aug 07
They grow up all too quickly, don't they? Their Mum and Dad teach them how to bake and they often do their own bit by making salads and peeling the veg etc. Lessons in life and the day to day things are very important in rearing kids, I think. Brightest Blessings. xxx
@weemam (13378)
3 Aug 07
i taught my sons to bake cook iron and geveraly keep house , their wives are really grateful lol xxx
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
28 Jul 07
It is so great to here how your granddaughter keeps herself busy. Who cares about the mess? My girls love sewing, my son to, so last christmas i got them each a little sewing machine, accessories and material. They loved it. You see so many kids just sitting in front of machines these days, and not broadening there mind to do things that are creative. It is such a shame. I can remember when we were young (yes quite a long time ago, but still have a few memories. haha) all day we were outside having fun. It sounds that you are very proud of your granddaughters acheivements, and so you should be. Best wishes to you, Darkwing
@Darkwing (21588)
28 Jul 07
Yes, of course I'm proud, Kay... isn't everybody? lol. It is nice to see the kids using their brains, instead of spaced out behind a video or computer game. You know, she even embroidered a black nose on this cat? lol. She must have seen it somewhere, surely... unless she studies objects really hard, to get her ideas. Brightest Blessings my friend. x
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@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
28 Jul 07
Yes, i think everybody is proud, as they should be. Your granddaughter has a very clever, creative mind. Its great. Best wishes
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 07
That is so good to hear that there are still Children that play and occupy their time by being Creative and using their Imagination just like we used when we where Kids I used to make things out of Boxes and that and I used to love it But there is not many Children about anymore who do this all they want is Computers, Games or the newest Gadget out Hugs xxxxx
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
No, you're right, Gabs, but both the girls have their Internet time limited, and also, the computer games, which they play on the tv screen. My son tells them they have so much time, and then it's his turn to watch tv. They never grumble, because they know it's equal for all. They're good kids. Brightest Blessings. xxx
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul 07
That is great at least Parents that care and Kids that respect it xxx
@mummymo (23709)
31 Jul 07
Your granddaughter sure is bright and very imaginative honey - I bet her and my Niamh would get along like a house on fire! With Niamh it is birds nests she is obsessed with right now - she keeps trying to make them for all the birds around our area and gets quite upset that they don't use them! I bet that your granddaughter gets a lot of her imagination and self contentment from you and I think you are both wonderful strong women! xxx
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Aug 07
Yes, I think perhaps Niamh and Lauren would get on very well together, with their ideas and imaginations. I love the bit about the birds' nests. Maybe she can make a little pompom bird to stick in one. :) Brightest Blessings.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
What a gem this little one is. My two were nearly always bored unless watching tv. I had to keep supplying them with ideas or suggestions most of which were denied or ignored. Both of them like reading but reading can be so sedentary. I feel Lauren's imagination will grow and she will always be achieving wonderful things and delighting her family. Bless her.
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Aug 07
I think that part of their knowledge comes from watching the television when they were younger, because pre-school, they seem to take a lot in from TV programmes. I'm certainly glad that they watch less TV now and concentrate on amusing themselves and yes, to me, she IS a little gem, MsTickle. Thank you so much and Brightest Blessings.
@mssnow (9495)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Maybe she will grow up to be another martha stewert. lol Sounds like she loves to do projects. That is good. She will be able to fix all of her own home projects. lol Thanks for sharing my friend.
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Aug 07
You're quite welcome, Snow and yes, she loves to do projects as long as they're her own idea. lol. Brightest Blessings.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Wow a very talented granddaughter you have there Darkwing. I enjoyed reading your story today :) thanks for sharing.
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
You're quite welcome. I'd forgotten about it until I saw a cat in the garden. ha ha ha Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Awwwwwww Sweets, That is so special. I'm glad she has a garden to be her wonderland. Good for you for making it possible. You are a very good gran. I know she knows that too and I'm sure you are her idol! Hugs
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
Well... I don't know about her idol! lol. But, I do try to encourage all of them. I've promised my other son's daughter that I will pay for her dance classes at the start of the autumn term. She wants to be a dancer and is pretty good at it. I love kids, Raydene, even other people's so, I am always in there, mucking in. lolol. xxx
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
27 Jul 07
Very practical little person you have there. I wonder where she gets it from. Hmmmm It looks like you are the one that is learning lol. You will never have a loss for thinking up suitable presents for bithdays or even xmas presents with so many practical gifts being available in the shops. Have a nice practical day from Deeeky.
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
I have no idea where she gets it from, lol, but perhaps, with her designing mind, she could help me make my own set of tools, which I'm about to embark upon. :) We now have a new Hobbycraft outlet in Crawley. I had a mooch around there last Sunday, and there are some fascinating things in there which would keep her quiet for hours. Of course, her birthday is eleven days before Christmas and if we want a quietish Christmas Day this year, your idea might be taken up! lol. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@GardenGerty (96726)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Jul 07
I see some really neat things here. Of course I see an imaginative little girl, who can amuse herself. I also see a mom and dad who are relaxed and happy with their imaginative little girl. She still has rules, like bed time and such, but she has a lot of freedom as well. Third, I see a grandma that is supportive and interested. That little girl is going to flourish! I can feel the nice homey atmosphere all around. It is terrific.
@Darkwing (21588)
27 Jul 07
She's a very active little girl too, Gerty. She can't keep still... has to be doing something, so really, Mum and Dad are quite pleased that she can amuse herself. he he he Yes, they have rules, and they have to be adhered to. In schooltime, bedtime comes earlier, at 8 o'clock. They'll be going on holiday soon... I'm going to miss them then! They're taking a cottage in Frome, in our West Country, so that they can visit Longleat Safari Park, Weston Super Mare (sandy beach with donkeys), and Glastonbury, for the Abbey and Tor. They asked me if I wanted to go with them, but I think I might chill, on my own for the odd day here and there, later. I support Lauren in every way I possibly can, as she is involved in so much. I can't always be there, but as often as possible, I am. Brightest Blessings.
@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
3 Aug 07
That is SO sweet. It is amazing what kids can do to keep busy isn't it? Imagination is a wonderful tool. Your granddaughter seems to have a GREAT one! When my DD or one of her friends is dirty or has made a big mess, I tell them it looks like they had 'too much fun'! I believe that the only reason you can have *too much* fun is if you are so tired to go on having fun, but they kids never seem to get to that point do they?