Letter: Hats off to the grandparents
Last week, I got to see two sets of “grandparents” in action with the little ones they love and cherish. Actions do speak loudly, and I observed and participated a bit with these fine folks.
Emily and John Bohannon do their share of babysitting and signed up three of theirs for Art Camp at the Bay School in Mathews. They drove the children daily to Mathews for the two-hour camp, which seemed to be enjoyed by all. When talking with Emily about choosing to do this for the week, she said “we want the kids to have a fun summer and do things that stimulate them in creative ways.”
They did just that for the whole week, including events later in the day, from driving to a home site where they watched a cement foundation being poured, to beachcombing and putt-putt golf in Middlesex County. Some days there would be upwards of three such activities. They both said the secret is keeping them engaged. How true, and they did it with genuine love they put out each day for their grandkids. Hats off to you, Emily and J.C.
A second set of grandparents extraordinaire are Arlene (Hudgins) and Pat Connelly, who reside at their home in Norfolk (though Arlene’s home place is located in Mathews County). This year, they held the second annual “Camp Onemo” with six grandchildren. Last year’s camp had been so successful that the second had been planned, which started on Aug. 13. When I joined them the following evening for dinner, the bright orange “Camp Onemo” sign was on the gate post entering the camp proper!
After parking on the freshly cut lawn, I see strands of pennants hanging from tree to tree in the back yard. Grandkids meet me with water pistols drawn, but hugs soon follow. Swimming pools were filled, a swing set and slide were used throughout the evening, along with croquet field and badminton court. Adult relatives chipped in on food for supper, which was placed on the picnic table in the backyard and soon enjoyed by all. The grandkids had made mats (with their names) which they sat on around a tablecloth on the grass.
One grandchild came to Arlene that day and asked “How many more days do we have, Gran? I don’t want this to end.” Arlene and Pat are most grateful for the two older grandkids, Kate and Kurt Casper, who were excellent counselors and organizers for the younger four campers.
Though not a parent or grandparent, I am included with great folks and their kids and grandkids. These stories are simply too good to keep; they are meant to be shared. So, hats off to all of you good folks who have made a difference in your kids’ and grandkids’ lives this summer.
Mary Kathryn Diggs
Port Haywood, Va.