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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Grandparent(s) (04/03/08)

TITLE: My Nana and Papa
By Faith Tilley Johnson


“Micah, get in the car.”

“I don’t want to go. I want to play outside.”

“Micah, we’re going to Papa and Nana’s house.”

All of a sudden, a tornado of energy came running towards the back door not waiting for it to open, “Papa and Nana? Let’s GO!”

Aren’t children funny? Even better, is it not awesome when children can be around their grandparents and have a relationship with them?

Micah got the start of a special relationship with his Papa and Nana when he was six weeks old. At the time, our family had to be a two-income family and Nana had just retired from working. So to help our family and save us money, Nana watched Micah.

Fast-forward four years to today. It never fails to brighten his day if we say we are going to see Nana. Micah loves to go and watch Sponge bob with Papa or play out in the yard on the swing set with “his Nana”. The relationship that they have is priceless and it causes me to mourn for the fact that I myself do not have a relationship to speak of with any of my grandparents.

As a child, we lived far away from the rest of our family and most of the time we could not really afford to go visit but maybe once or twice a year. Plus we had schedules with school and extra curricular activities going on that got in the way sometimes.

Living in the same area as other family is a blessing and seeing the relationship between my parents and my children is an awesome thing I wish more families could enjoy. It is beneficial for all parties. My kids are happy to go over to Papa and Nana’s because there is always something different and they never run out of things to do when they are there. It is also great to see Papa’s eyes light up when Benji runs in and gives him a hug trying to get to him before Micah takes over.

Our parents need their grandkids as much as our kiddos need their grandparents. They learn a lot from each other and being around each other helps to close the generation gap. Micah and Nana both enjoy listening to tobyMac, while Benji and Papa listen to Veggie Tales. Their older sisters like learning about sewing and needlework, while Nana will play board games with them. And boy do they have fun.

“Come on Micah, it’s time to go.”

“I don’t want to go.” little on the whiny side, “I wanna stay with my Nana.”

“It’s time for bed. We need to go home now.”

Hanging his head in defeat he slowly walked to the door, “I’ll see my Nana and Papa tomorrow?”

“We will see Micah. Get in the car.”

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Sara Harricharan 04/10/08
Awww! This left me with warm fuzzies all over. ^_^ I loved the adorable character of Micah and especially how you spoke of Nana and Papa. This is very well done, a lovely, light read!
Lollie Hofer04/10/08
I am absolutely crazy about this story!!! I am the "Nana" (except my Micah calls me MamMaw). You are 1000% right about the influence grandparents can have in their grandchildrens' lives. My first memories are of my grandmother who faithfully took me to church every Sunday. This was a fun read.
Joshua Janoski04/12/08
That's so cool that Micah and his Nana listen to tobyMac together. :)

My parents are "Nana and Papa" to my niece, and her relationship to them is similar to Micah's relationship with his nana and papa.

Delightful story. I appreciate you sharing it.