Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Making Someone's Day

It feels really nice to make someone's day.  I had a couple of errands to run, so I picked up my grandmother so that she could tag along, get out of the house, get some groceries, etc.  I told her that I planned on taking Marge to the park for a short walk, and asked her if she wanted to come.  She said she would.

We only walked for about a half hour (it was cold and getting icy), but my grandma, who is very young and spry for her age (late 70s), was happy to get some fresh air and see the park.  When I dropped her off home, she thanked me profusely, and told me how nice it was, how much she appreciated it, and that we'll have to go again.

I spend a lot of time with my grandma - I see her a couple of times a week, at minimum.  But, I'm usually at her house, or she's at mine, or we're in the supermarket or deli together.  It was nice to spend some quality time with her away from the usual.  It's too bad that most of her other grandkids (and some of her own kids, for that matter) don't do the same, but such is life, and at least I was able to make her happy.

Marge enjoyed the change of scenery as well.  I haven't exactly kept to my promise of taking her to different parks every week (though we have been walking around my neighborhood every day due to the snow in the field across the street, which is still a huge change for us), so this was our first park outing since the last time I blogged about it.

She chased lots of squirrels.  There were TONS of them, including an all black one.  I've heard about black squirrels before, but have never seen one personally.  We also saw some hawks hanging out in a tree, which was very exciting!

Marge's experiences in this park have ranged from the very good to the very bad; the park itself is awesome because there is both a fair amount of foot traffic and a fair amount of places to move away from that traffic.  It's the perfect hybrid between city park and secluded getaway.  Of course, it resembled more of a secluded getaway today with the low temps, but that's okay.

However, the surrounding communities, for some reason, are very noisy!  We've heard construction sounds within the park on a couple of occasions, which has NOT make Marge happy.  Thankfully, except for a few loud noises (likely from the sanitation trucks collecting heaps of garbage following this snow storm), it was very quiet today, and Marge fared well.

Marge was still raring to go when we were back at the car, but, with my grandma along, 30 minutes was enough time for the day.  Hopefully, we'll get back there soon.


houndstooth January 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM  

Aww, good on ya for going out with your grandma! I was very close to mine, but we didn't live close to each other and after she passed away, I had no idea how much I'd miss her!

We have a town to the North of us that has white squirrels, and it's illegal to bother them in any way. I'm not sure what Morgan and Bunny would think of that!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! January 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

Thanks for sharing the very interesting time!!!

Kari in Alaska January 4, 2011 at 11:04 PM  

Good for you to spend so much time with your grandma.

In college there was an albino squirrel on campus and we even had a facebook group devoted to sitings and photos. It was a thing of legend :)


Unknown January 5, 2011 at 12:08 AM  

It's so sweet of you to go out with your grandma and I am sure it means a lot to her too.
I love my grandma a lot but it is also my deep regret that I didn't spend much time with her during those few years before she passed away.

Lorenza January 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM  

Glad to know you spend good times with your Grandma!
My mom used to take her grandma with her a lot. Once, she invited her to the movies. There they went... and after a few minutes they left laughing like crazies! It was a porn movie!! Her grandma never forgot that episode!
Kisses and hugs

Wyatt January 5, 2011 at 12:28 AM  

That is a fun outing for the whole family. We have Paul's Mom staying with us for a month. We will have similar adventures!

Wyatt and Stanzie

tula monstah January 5, 2011 at 1:01 AM  

Yep, doggies make spending time with family even more special! You know with winter here, the parks are quieter:)


Kathy Mocharnuk January 5, 2011 at 1:29 AM  

That is cool you get to spend some time with your Grandma, I miss mine and really have some great memories and I bet you really did make her day!

Never Say Never Greyhounds January 5, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

Awww... good story!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ January 5, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

Kudos to you for spending that time with your Grandma. My own mother loved it when my son would sit and watch basketball or football on the TV with her since she was pretty much housebound. I hope that, when my grandkiddos are older, we can have some special time together too. I am sure you realize how much this simple gesture meant to your Grandma.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

KB January 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM  

It's great that you did something new and different with your grandma. Although I've never been elderly, I have felt elderly when recovering from spine surgery. Having someone go with me for an outing to an out-of-the-ordinary place would make my day during those recoveries! So, I'm sure that you're right that you made your grandma's day!

Marge looked happy too!

Fred January 5, 2011 at 9:08 AM  

Sounds like a great day! Hooray for grandmas!

Cyndi and Stumpy January 5, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

I think it's a really sad statement, with regard to our society, that the baby boomers and younger generations don't value their elders.

My heart sings, knowing you enjoy your grandmother!

Anna the GSD January 5, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

A black squirrel?? They MAKE those?!?! Holy crap! At least you had the comfort of your grandmama!

Kristine January 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM  

That's so nice. Both my grandmothers lived on the other side of the country from me so I didn't get to know them very well before they died. I am so glad you are able to take advantage of such opportunities. It sounds like you had a great day.

Gus, Louie and Callie January 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

We are sure that Grandma loves every visit you make.. That is so sweet..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Muttsandaklutz January 5, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

Awwww, that's awesome :-)

ForPetsSake January 5, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

It does feel good to make someone's day. I'm quite sure it was good for everyone involved ;)

poor pup - My own Nyxie is scared of it all as well. And I understand the secluded vs not-secluded but can get away from scary situations locale. I wish there was a nearby place like that for my Nyxie to walk.

Golden Samantha January 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM  

That is just wonderful that you go on outings with your g-ma - I certainly know how much I'd appreciate any of my granddaughters (when old enough) to take me out for adventures! That park looks giant (in that last photo) - Marge does have the expression of "not enough yet, Ma" about her! Hope you get to go back to this place, even tho somewhat noisy! Looks cool!
Sammie and Avalon

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart January 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

My grandma was a HUGE part of my life when I was young. I now how nice that can be.

We have those black squirrels lower down in the canyon. They kind of creep me out. :o)

I'm glad you got out despite the cold. It's been silly windy here (like honest-to-goodness hurricane-force winds), so we haven't gotten out much.

Thank goodness for the big, unfinished basement so that we can play inside.

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