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Granny Margie C shares her latest granny moments

February 14, 2012 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel
Thomas (18 months) arrived with mom and dad for Christmas in South Africa. Granny couldn’t wait and met them at the airport. Fortunately a family friend lent me all the gear again and I was prepared. He had grown out of the high chair and was sitting in an ordinary chair at the table. He still used the car seat and the pushchair – these were essentials. Mom still breastfed him at times and it was very tiring for her, especially during the night when he would wake up for a feed.

I soon learnt to bring my soccer skills into play as he was totally ball mad and forever running and kicking the ball. With the weather being so hot, many hours were spent in the pool. Thomas was not happy with cold water as he was used to a heated indoor pool in England, it was quite a shock to his system.

When he first arrived in SA he wore his closed shoes all the time. For Christmas I bought him Nike sandals and they were great except we had to watch him, as he learnt to undo them very successfully and throw them out the trolley or pushchair.

Our gardener, Michael was fascinated that Tom had to wear shoes all the time and when he finally got used to the South African way, he was always barefoot.

He was very cautious of my dog, Jack. Jack was not used to children and did not appreciate him coming too close. The cats were a different story – he chased them and pulled their tales if he could. They were soon wise to him and disappeared under cars. He loved his walks along the road in his pushchair where Jack would run up and down along the fences of our neighbours in the street chasing their dogs. 

Last but not least, Thomas sat on our neighbour’s tractor. What a joy for him! He was so engrossed with tractors and even though mom had brought out many reading books, he always wanted the Smallholders Farmer’s magazine with lots of pictures of tractors.

What a joy to spend time with our grandchildren – they are so special!

Margie C