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Monday, April 14, 2014

Resolved

The warring factions.
Dinner is over.
Everyone is comfortably full.
With the cleaning of the dessert plates, the grandkids have scattered.
Thus abating the noise.
Somewhat.
The adults’ visiting, hinted at before, has been undertaken in full.
The best of times.
Suddenly, one of the two-year-olds skids around the corner of the kitchen, makes a bee-line for Gramma and dives into her lap. Gramma’s arms are pulled protectively around a little, warm body.
Not a word is said.
Now, I should mention, here, that this behaviour, while not uncommon is . . . okay, yes . . . uncommon.
Snuggles in Gramma’s lap are brief.
Unless Gramma is holding a book.
Or treat.
And usually, there is some shrewd preliminary negotiation, as in: “Shall we have a story?” or “Who wants a treat?”
Back to my story . . .
Suddenly one of the three-year-olds also comes around the corner.
And she, too, goes straight to Gramma.
Then stands there.
Staring silently and accusingly at the little cousin in Gramma’s lap.
Ah-ha! I'm beginning to see . . .
I look down. “Hazel, what did you do?”
Wide eyes look back.
Still no words.
I look at the other little girl. “Bronwyn, what did Hazel do?”
A tiny voice, “She poked me!”
“Poked you?”
Nodding.
“Where did she poke you?”
Pointing to the ribcage on the left side.
“Hazel, did you poke cousin?”
More nodding. Still wide-eyed.
“Are we supposed to poke cousins?”
Head shaking.
“Maybe you should apologize.”
Two heads nodding. Two little girls saying, together, “Sorry!”
Yeah, the whole ‘say you’re sorry!’ thing is still a work in progress . . .
Hazel slides off Gramma’s lap and the two give each other a big hug.
“Now play nicely!” I say.
And they giggle and disappear.
Oh, if only the world’s conflicts could be solved as easily . . .


18 comments:

  1. They solve more than many people think!

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  2. What a sweet story and yes, a sorry and a hug should be able to solve many problems.

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  3. We just need more Grandmas as our prime ministers and presidents . . . . .

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  4. I can picture our world leaders.....
    "Now, do you really think invading the Ukraine is a nice thing to do?"
    Shakes head sadly.
    "And what are you going to do about it now?"
    Sidles up to Ukranian leader and gives him a hug and says "Sorry."
    Um......yeah.

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  5. It all starts at home, in my opinion. If we can make our corner of the world better, that's a start. Those two little gals seem to be progressing just fine!

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  6. They solve more than many people think!

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  7. I think that you never know. Maybe one or both of those little cousins could grow up to be in a position to impact world conflict. I do know this, if we all, every single one of us, raise our children as if they would or could someday be in that position, we'd have a better shot at it.

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  8. Great story as usual Diane! Thank you for sharing your family with us!

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    1. Thank you, Rena! Mom and Dad taught me that sharing was good. :)

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  9. Great story. Hugs really do cure and correct so many things.Thanks for sharing

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    1. They do! If only the powers that be could see it!

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