To escape stress or routine, some people choose to read a good book or spend an evening at a movie theater; others travel or take a nearby vacation. For me the best relaxation is to write a book and live in my characters’ heads, and better even, to receive my grandchildren and take care of them—without their parents, of course.
Have you noticed how people smile when a child walks by? I had two off my grandchildren for three weeks. Three fantastic and exhausting weeks, during which I learned to share my little girls’ fun. It doesn’t take much to make them happy.
Swimming in the pool, playing in the surf at the beach, building sand castles, walking to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast, watching cartoons on TV, kept us busy all day, and replaced, for me, blogs, emails, writing and editing. The girls monopolized my computer and used it to play games while I cooked their favorite meals.
Did I miss my daily life? Not exactly. I felt a bit guilty for neglecting my “usual duties”, then I realized that nothing in the world could top the lovely duty of taking care of my sweet girls and listening to their babbling.
The latest from my six-year-old granddaughter:
She was eating her noodles for dinner and carefully removing every tiny bit of meat. “I don’t like meat.”
Grandpa: “But at lunch you ate you hamburger.”
Six-year old: “I ate it because I had to.” Looking pointedly at Nonna. “It doesn’t mean I like it.”
From my eight-year-old granddaughter, when I was sitting with the girls reading on my Kindle while they were building their Legos.
Eight-year old: “What are you doing, Nonna?”
Me: “I’m reading a book. This is called an eReader.”
Eight-year old: “Oh, we call it a Kindle.”
Have you ever featured children in your books?
I have several babies in BABIES IN THE BARGAIN; a teenager in NO MORE LIES; a baby girl and four little boys in Rx in RUSSIAN.
Children add humor and emotion to our stories, and bring smiles into our lives.
BABIES IN THE BARGAIN http://tinyurl.com/6mcd6e3