I remember someone telling me after my mother died that I would probably have “grief bursts.” But I’ve recently discovered that grandchildren bring “joy bursts.” I had more fun in a grocery store than I have in 30 years, as Catie and I rushed to the restroom and she called back to Ron, “We’re dusting you, Grandpa.”
There was an Indian wedding for 500 at our hotel so Ron and I took Catie, who loves princesses, to see all the gorgeous dresses. She paused and posed before the flower-bedecked Ganesha. Catie, a foodie-in-the-making, called him Ganache.
On our second day we shared Tim Hopgood’s new illustrations for Bob Thiele and George Weiss’ What a Wonderful World (Holt, all ages). The brilliantly colored pictures are full of what little girls love best–butterflies, flowers, and rainbows. Read-singing the gorgeous words and holding the future in my lap gave me goose-bumps. Then I mucked up words and tune. This was easily solved and the experience became even more poignant when we linked to the Louis Armstrong’s singing. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTLIO2zanM)