coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Friday, August 9, 2019

Lego of your expectations

Our youngest granddaughter, E, is a talented actor. She is in many productions, and always steals every scene she's in. One of our biggest retirement joys is living close to her and enjoying her plays and musicals.

The youngest grandson, N, has been in a theater summer camp all week. His end-of-the camp production is this afternoon. We will, of course, be going.

Apparently he has noticed people give E flowers after they attend her shows, and that has made a big impression on him. Let me say there are certain expectations of fairness.

I picked him up from camp yesterday and brought him here to swim. On the ride home he asked if Grandpa and I were coming to his performance, and I replied yes. He then informed me that instead of flowers, perhaps I could get him a Lego kit to give him afterwards. 

I think you already know I am a huge sucker for this kid.  I am pretending to myself that if I get him an inexpensive Lego kit, I am rewarding creative thinking. I haven't quite fooled myself.  Still, I'm on my way to the store right now.


25 comments:

  1. You betcha! Way to go grandma♥

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    1. Thank you for the positive reinforcement! I needed that.

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  2. Absolutely! It seems only fair!

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  3. What a good idea. I think N. is a genius.

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    1. Ha! He sure knows how to get what he wants. At least from Grandma.

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  4. His request is completely reasonable. When he wins the Oscar you should bring him to visit Legoland in Denmark.

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  5. I am impressed by his logic and the ease of manipulating you. Hope he likes the Lego kit you picked out!

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    1. Yes, I like to think I'm empowering him by enabling his machinations! He did like it. I think he was a little surprised his appeal worked.

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  6. N just twanged my magic twanger, Froggie. Hope it's a big one, Gram.

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    1. It wasn't a big one, Grandpa was with me when I bought it. Ha!

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  7. I see Grandpa is the cheap one. Here it's the opposite when Beloved wants to indulge the grands.

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    1. SOMEONE has to be the reasonable one, right?

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    2. Absolutely! Next time go shopping without him….
      Hugs!

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  8. I like his logic and his passion for legos! And I love what a loving grandma you are.

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  9. I will never feel badly for buying legos, especially after reading about their Lego Braille sets. Wins for you, your grandson and a great company.

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  10. You are rewarding Passion, Creativity and his quite considerable Negotiating Skills... nothing wrong with that... it's like Adults getting a Bonus at a Career when they exemplify a worthy performance!

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  11. I wanted to extrapolate on this but couldn't find a way in. All the alternatives seemed like boasting. Zach (12) is one of my two grandchildren (the other, Ian, is at least 32 and is good with electricals). Zach is sports mad, plays cricket, soccer and rugby, turned out to be good at field hockey but couldn't fit it into his busy schedule, swims crawl with impeccable three-cycle breath control and is the only person I know who can sustain that most exhausting form of swimming: butterfly. But there's more and you're going to find this especially sickening.

    At primary school he had a talent for acting - often learning his lines before the first rehearsal - and was awarded bigger and bigger roles. When it was discovered that they lacked a girl to play a queenly figure in some sort of regal farrago, possibly based on the Arthurian legend but with Christian overtones, he volunteered for that too. Other lads of his age were - understandably - a bit lary about taking on this transgender stuff and I asked him about this. He shrugged his shoulders: "It was just acting. I wanted to act."

    Needless to say I am careful to avoid talking to him in any kind of patronising way. I confine myself to purely technical questions. Best of all, since I too am interested in swimming improved crawl, I set him more and more difficult exercises in the pool at the French villa. These he achieves consummately.

    See what I mean? In the end it comes out like one long boast. Feel free to suppress this comment given that you are no doubt influenced by your present president preaching modesty in all things, self-abnegation, a love of humanity and a lack of interest in personal appearance. A veritable candidate for the Nobel Prize for International Good Behaviour.

    Too long, inevitably

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    1. Thanks! Never fear, I enjoy your long comments.

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