Even the simplest of feats can delight a Gramps, I’ve decided…
…nor does it take much for a beloved Old Man to impress a granddaughter – at least, not at this stage of the game.
Those are my two Quick Takes on the 18 hours or so I was blessed to spend with Granddaughter Hannah over the weekend. This much I know for a fact: She’s growing up fast, in a world that changes a lot faster than I’d care to fathom.
Witness the sock-puppets she proudly displayed – the handiwork of her very own industrious hands and self-starter spirit. It seems Hannah had searched out a suitable craft for a seven-year-old…all by herself, on YouTube – and then went to work creating her engaging little characters, with those internet videos as her primary instructor.
Then I discovered Hannah was just getting warmed up. She spent the next 15 minutes or so describing her latest hobby – learning to wield a 3-D pen. I take it to be something like the hand-held version of a 3-D printer – with outputs that actually rise up from the page, to give real form and substance to any of her flights of fancy.
What a consolation, then, to learn that my archaic, outdated and analog world still holds a few charms to engage the imagination of this Digital Girl. She was mightily impressed, for example, when Gramps managed to repair the hard-wired tweezers on “Operation”…and get the Patient’s battery powered light-bulb-nose to illuminate again.
Best of all, Grandma spent a goodly part of the evening teaching Hannah a bit about string theory – boggling her mind with a few fingertip tricks that could well keep our granddaughter’s questions about quantum physics at bay…at least for a few more years.
“Sticky” knowledge, too, it turns out – this lovingly conveyed string theory: Just imagine how it warmed Gramps’ heart…to see Hannah greet the dawn by whipping out a quick Cat’s Cradle in our living room.
Such a clever girl! Such a joy-filled bearer of God’s promises in my life, and in the lives of everyone she meets!
You spread the table before me…
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life…
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.