Wednesday, 3 February 2010

HOPE FOR THE WORLD

I am going to very boring now and do a bragging grandma blog. My grandson Morgan is a graduate trainee at one of the big banks in the City of London. Recently he sat the Chartered Financial Analyst exam level 1 which has an international pass rate of 34% and scored nearly top marks. One of his friends emailed him to say "Congratulations mate! You’re one step further to being qualified to wreck the world’s economy." This loving grandma thinks that he is one step further to being qualified to save the world's economy! It's all a matter of perspective.

Now I have another grandson who went an entirely different route. Today he 'phoned me from the French Alps where he us working as a chef for the second year running. He cooks like an angel, skies like a demon, wins awards, is a babe magnet and the apple of his grandmother's eye.

And yet another who graduated from Nottingham University with a maths degree and couldn't get a job in finance. Did he moan and go on the dole? Not on your life, he took a job in a cocktail bar, plays in a band, has a wild social life and doesn't ask anyone for anything. He is Mr Niceguy, loved by everyone including, needless to say, this loving grandmother.

Yet another is doing great at Grammar school and in the middle of taking his GCSE's. He is optimistic, intelligent and always has a smile on his face. I love him dearly and hope that life gives him happiness and all that he would wish for. He lives with his aunt. I would love if he would live with me but we are a bit rural and he has a huge circle of friends in town. In fact, if I had my way I would have them all live with me but I'm old and they need young people about them.

HOWEVER, my grandaughter and her husband were so concerned for me when Davy died. They thought I would be lonely and moved in with me that night bring with them my four adorable great-grandchildren. The house is now full of laughter again and I love it. Also the activity keeps me from getting sombre.

They had been planning to build a house on the plot in our garden (sorry I should have said "my garden". It's sometimes hard to remember that I'm not an "our" any more) but IF they do they said they might rent it out because they love living with me. Early days yet though, we do have a "get out" clause if we start wanting to kill each other!!

The other grandchildren are still at school and don't have their lives mapped out before them yet. It will be interesting to see the paths that they take in life. ..........And then there are the greatgrandchildren, but that's the subject of another blog.

14 comments:

Maggie May said...

You're allowed to brag about your grandchildren as they are so special.
I really hope that it would work out having your daughter and family live with you.
I tried it with my lot & it failed after 11months. But that was living with a DIL. Very tricky.

Glad you are still getting some laughs and fun in your life. There is nothing like a family for helping out.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Leilani Lee said...

Glad that your family is bringing some joy to your life. I've known several families where widowed mom or dad lived with the children. Sometimes it works out beautifully; other times not to good. I understand it is probably good not to make any major decisions for at least a year. My dad is now 4 months into being without my mom. I wish he had someone to move in with him!!!

momcat said...

Just got caught up on all your posts. My condolences on the loss of your beloved hubby. I am glad your family is staying with you now and what a privilege to know and love your great-grandchildren. One day at a time..just one day at a time.

Sarah said...

My daughter is 14, my son is 11. I can sing their praises all the livelong day! Spread the joy!
xxx

jay said...

Hope for the world indeed! Sounds as if you have been doing your bit to make it a brighter and saner place! Excellent work! ;)

Your daughter and her family sound delightful. I hope it works out for you, but if not you'll have them close by - a win-win situation, I would have thought!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Yes, brag away RAC - I would do the same about my grandchildren, particularly my beloved eldest grandson, now 9 years old, who is the apple of my eye. Your family sounds lovely and very supportive. I'm so pleased for you that you have them close. A x

Retiredandcrazy said...

Years ago we had 4 generations living in our house. My mother, Davy and I, our daughter, her husband and two children (it is one of these children and her family that has moved in with me), and our two foster children. Mealtimes were quite an experience!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I am not saying this will work forever Leilani, but just for today it is working well.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I have lived my life "one day at a time" for the past 36 years momcat. It has been a lifesaver at times, including now.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I spread it, I spread it Sarah!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Sane is not a word I would normal use about myself. But thanks anyway Jay.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Family is everything isn't it Anne?

Sandi McBride said...

Grandchildren...as they say, if I'd known how wonderful they were, I'd a had them first...
Sandi

kanishk said...

Glad you are still getting some laughs and fun in your life. There is nothing like a family for helping out.

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