F is for Fingerprints
It’s been a long day.
My Grandchildren came over early this morning. We ate breakfast.
We played outdoors and we had a picnic lunch.
We went in and out the back door a hundred times for a drink, a potty break, a toy or to let the dog outside.
These littles are a lot of work for an older lady like me.
They go non-stop for hours, wanting attention, wanting me to play, asking so many questions.
Grandma? What’s for lunch?
Grandma? Where is Grandpa?
Grandma? Did you see the school bus go by?
Grandma? Where does the sun go at night?
I answer their questions, but they always have one more.
Finally, these little ones are exhausted and I am, too.
Mommy and Daddy have come to get them. I take a minute to catch my breath.
Sitting down at the kitchen table, I have my first drink since breakfast.
Glancing outside, I see all the toys we’ve left all around and I think about going to gather them up.
And then I notice the back door.
With the sun shining through I can see all of the fingerprints left by these little ones.
Full hands. A thumb. Fingers. A nose. Slobbers from the dog.
And I remember the day.
The big squeeze around the neck when they arrived.
The jelly covered faces after breakfast.
The sweet giggles while splashing in the water.
The sly smile when they found the best hiding place.
Each of these moments came flooding back as I looked at that patio door.
An appreciation for each fingerprint, each memory, each smile.
I love every minute I’ve been lucky enough to spend with them.
I could never have imagined the feelings I would have as a Grandma.
The unconditional love that these Grands have given me.
The privilege of being a part of their lives.
What a blessing to watch them grow.
What more could I want?
What more could I ask for?
I get the Windex and head toward the door.
I return to my spot at the table.
Fingerprints on the door.
And on my heart.
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F is for Fingerprints
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