Next week is my grandson’s 14th birthday. He’s changed a little since he used to chase me around and body slam me while laughing hysterically. I can’t scramble around the floors anymore and if he body slammed me now, I’d be in the hospital!
I wrote this about him when he was born.
“We welcomed a soft and sweet blessing into our lives this morning. He’s 21 inches long and weighs 7 pounds, 13 l/2 ounces, and already he’s doing big things. My grandson discovered America on August 23, 1997.
It is amazing the imagination sparked by a baby. Daddy looked with pride at his offspring and saw tractors and a University of Virginia degree. When little Will slept with his arms straight over his head in what Tom called the “touchdown” position, he also saw football scores. As a Landscape Architect, Mama saw him with scientific Latin shrub and tree classifications rolling off his tongue and wearing the green and white of Michigan State University.
I saw him waddling down motorhome aisles with his curious mind and fingers, opening drawers, and punching computer buttons, and much later, making S’Mores over a campfire. Regardless of his dreams, he’ll learn North American geography and history a little quicker with this grandma being a full-time RVer.”
Leaving children and grandchildren behind is a great concern to those who are extended travelers, but I felt like I had the best of all worlds. I could visit, or be of help if necessary, and go home to my rolling motel with my own bed, bathroom, and privacy. It doesn’t get much better than that and this precious bundle sometimes did his kicking and sleeping cuddled in Grandma’s big pillow on the motorhome dashboard. He was very handy. I smooched his tiny fingers and toes and watched him make faces in his sleep.
Well, the toe smooching is out! And I need a box to stand on to be as tall as he is. Putting a brick on his head to slow his growth obviously didn’t work, but am so proud of this amazing young man. Happy 14th Birthday, Will. I love you. Blessings from Grandma.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”