We had family come to town last Saturday to attend the Twin's Game. Our nephew, Mike, is the manager of the Legends Club level at Target Field. Nick works there, too! Mike is pictured here in front of Kirby Puckett with his sons, Tyler and Caden. They were excited to see where Dad works.
On Sunday, Beth and Gary and their grandsons came to our house to visit while Mike worked at the game. I didn't think to get out my camera, so I borrowed pictures from Beth. I love this one taken at their lake this summer when the boys were staying there.
Tyler and Caden have a little routine they've established when they come to visit us. Paul brings out some of the toys we have stored from Suzanne's and Nick's childhoods. First, they will play with the dinosaur collection in the living room, sitting quietly while the adults visit. Then, they move downstairs where they find the old Discovery Toys favorite, Marbleworks. Paul sets the box in the same place every time and they know right where they can find it. We have had that set of colorful tubes for over twenty years. Tyler is just the right age for this toy. Beth and I had fun sitting on the floor and and watching him think through to connect the raceway configurations. Tyler has a quiet, engaging way about him and this type of activity is the perfect way to get to know him. Caden had fun, too, because there was quite the marble race happening and he was all for that. He really latched onto the giant peg board I had found in a downstairs drawer. He knows his colors and numbers, so as he sorted and stacked, he reminded us in case we forgot. Next, they moved on to the building blocks my dad made for our kids. Paul has that box out and ready for them, too. There is nothing fancy or special about these toys, but they never grow tired of them.
It fills my heart to spend time with Tyler and Caden. They are my sister's grandchildren, my nephew's boys. I can see Mike in both of his sons. They engage a person in their gentle manners and welcome you into their world. They know us now. When they see us, their faces brighten with recognition. That makes me happy.
I am perfectly content with my life right now. But, playing with those old toys makes me miss my "little" children. I am glad we have sisters and brothers with grandchildren we can enjoy.
Thanks for sharing, Beth and Gary! Next time, remind me to get out the camera!!!