When Brendan was very young, somewhere over a year old I guess, I made up this song we'd sing when he came to visit sung to the tune of "Howdy Doody Time" which most of you are too young to have any memory of. OK, here it is. Keep in mind this was the early 50's when TV was in its youth. I watched Buffalo Bill, Clarabell the Clown (played by Bob Keeshan who later became Captain Kangaroo), Howdy Doody (a marionette), and various other puppets and marionettes including Flub-a-Dub, Dilly Dally, Mr. Bluster, Chief Thunderthud, Princess SummerfallWinterspring, and Inspector.
So the lyrics to our song are:
"It's Brendan and Grammy time!
It's Brendan and Grammy time!
We'll laugh and play and sing
And also eat some things!"
Today I picked him up from school LATE for the first time EVER!! The traffic was really heavy, and I couldn't get in the lane I needed to and drove all over the place until I finally homed my way to his school. I live about 40 miles west of Nashville, and his school is in East Nashville across the river. It takes at least an hour to get there, and although I gave myself enough time, it didn't work today. I was in a panic. He wasn't at all worried about it and came out the side door where I was supposed to pick him up with his teacher just happy as could be. I apologized and discovered that a fourth grade teacher knows him when she asked if I were Brendan's grandmother. She smiled and said, "Oh yes, I know Brendan." I said that he managed to be known. She laughed and said, "Yes, he does!"
When he got in the car we had this conversation:
Brendan: I want to live with you.
Me: Why do you want to live with me?
B: Because I love it!
Me: I'm so glad! I love you, too!
B: I'll live with you forever.
Me: Will Mommy and Daddy cry if you don't live with them at home?
B: Mommy will cry. Daddy will sleep.
This was taken at my Mother's house in the spring. See the dogwood blossoms?
He played outside (beautiful weather today), ate dinner, had his bath, sat with me for us to read, got to bed at 8:30, sang several songs to me, and fell asleep around 9:00. Yes! We have plans for tomorrow that should be fun.