My afternoon with my grandson Joey, age 4, and some conversation that took place between us and one conversation between Joey and a little girl with stars in her eyes at the park.

Precious Moments with Joey

My grandson Joey was with me today. I had him from 1:00 to 9:00pm.
He is four years old in chronological age, but way beyond his years in so many ways. The following are some conversations that we had today.

After driving through Wendy's and picking up our dinner:
"Nana, is there red stuff on my cheeseburger?"
No, Joey there is nothing on your burger.
"Just bread and meat and cheese?"
Yes, that's right.
Do you want catsup on your cheeseburger?
"No, I don't actually like catsup. It tastes yucky!"

At the Dollar Store:
"Wow!" This is cool! Look there is a helmet and a sword and a shield!"
I see that Joey. These are for knights.
Do you want these things?
"Yes, Nana! I need the helmet."
Do you need anything else?
"I need the sword, too."
But you have 2 at home.
"I don't have them here and I need the shield to protect me when I am fighting."
Okay do you want to put them in the cart?
"No, I'll just wear it. People will say I am cool."
You are cool Joey.

At the park. Joey with helmet, sword and shield:

Little girl: "Hey, do you want to play?"
Joey: "Hmmmm, okay."
Little girl: "I will be the princess and you be the knight and you save me and you have to kill the dragon first though."
Joey: "okay."

Joey goes to one leg of the swingset and strikes it as to slay the dragon.
The sword breaks. Joey pulls the helmet down over his face and cries...

Are you alright Joey? I am sorry your sword broke.
"I am sad Nana."
I know that Joey. It's okay to be sad. Just be sad until you are not sad anymore.
"okay Nana"
Are you still sad?
"I am ready to leave now."
Do you want to go back to Nana's?

In the car on the way back to my place:

"Can you fix my sword with that real strong sticky tape?"
Yes, I think I can. I will try. Are you still sad?
"No. Are we almost to your apartment"
Just around the corner.

Later that evening. I am preparing for a shower. Joey walks into room and finds his Nana paritally undressed:

"I love you Nana, all the way to Saturn."
I love you too Joey. You need to shut the door now.
" I love you all the way to Disney World."
I love you Joey all the way to the moon and back.

My heart is full. This little boy never fails to lift my spirits and make the world a better place to live. I am blessed.

Thanks for sharing these moments with me. To me, they are precious.

Kathy Lockhart aka Nana.

Words by Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2006-09-17 at 06:01

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Phyllis J. Rhodes
Treasures of Joey! There is none like him. One Sunday in the nursery another child took something from him and I went to him quickly worried that he would have hurt feelings. Before I could say much, He held up a hand and said so cooly, "Don't worry about it Phyllis, I still like YOU."

Well, I sure hope you see as many of these moments as you can.
You are precious and deserve precious moments..

Thanx for sharing

how this write made me smile
what children say!!!!
I love !!!
I love you to the moon and back
love how my boys say those to me!!
what a beautiful write and how these words between you two:) lovely
love these words you say:::

"It's o.k to be sad until you are not sad anymore"

Words to say to a child so beautful!!
my mommakac ..
lovely words of comfort,
a Wonderful read!!!!!!!
love you:)
cinmac:))))) a good nut:)))))))))))))

Christian Ward
he sounds adorable with a capital a


Looks like your river is echoing your laughter, Kath.

lastromantichero The PoetBay support member heart!
hi there what a wonderful way to describe your day with this treasure wonderfully said Katherine so charming and your Nana's love shines throiugh along ewith Joey's for you well done

keith nunes
wonderfully captured moments. you;ve done superbly catching the lines and the senitment of the special moments. thanks for sharing kathy

Now that is a very precious moment, darling. A beautiful sharing for all of us, thank you!!!