How observant, how thoughtful this child is! On the interactions of grandparent and grandchild, translated…
My second grandson with an older and a younger brother, when he was from one to three, he’d loved to cry, and would often start whining, and so, of the three grandchildren, I’d, favored him the least.
In a blink of an eye, he’s five, became this observant, attentive, young lad.
That year, the whole family went to Xitou, we’d needed to head back on foot from the College Pond’s left side back to the parking lot, after walking on the winding pass for a short while, he’d pulled on my hand, stated, “Grandma, the road is in the shape of the number eight.”
On his older brother’s birthday, we’d all gathered around the birthday cake that we’d bought for him, his older brother busied on sticking the candles on top, lighting the candles, and making his wishes, while he’d said in a small voice, “Grandma, the cream from the surface of the cake looks like a beehive!”, I’d looked closely, the cream used to decorate the cake, the creases, the dents, it does, look like the external appearances of a beehive! Can’t believe, that being as young as he was, he’s not just, observant, but also, very descriptive with his words too!
My second grandson was a child who’d saved up all his money. Once they went back to Taichung, the slippers I bought for them no longer fitted, I’d taken them to the shopping place to pick out new pairs. His older brother selected a pair that he’d liked, and the second child said he’d not needed a pair. We’d asked him why? He’d stated to us, “I’ll just have my older brother’s hand-me-down”.
I’d recalled how when he was in the first grade, he’d taken a pair of his brother’s hand-me-down sneakers, with a small hole in it, and told his mom, “That way, the air would flow in and out, keeps my feet cooler!”, at the start of this semester, his older brother got a brand new pair of sneakers, in the fourth grade, he’d told me excitedly, “I got a brand new pair of my older brother’s hand-me-down to wear again!”
A short while ago, his older brother bought himself a watch of over $3,000N.T., that he’d had his eyes on for a while, as a farewell gift to his own elementary years, but never had a watch before, he’d only, picked a plain watch that cost only a couple of hundred dollars. Seeing how understanding he was, it’d, moved me.
Last week, my husband and I went up north to be a babysitter for half a day, as evening came, when my daughter just set foot into her house, my second grandson rushed and told her, “Mommy, we’re, out of milk.” My daughter was, fatigued, and told him, “Can you let mommy rest for a bit now?”, he’d nodded, I’d asked him, “I’ll get some milk with you.”, but he shook his head no, I’d asked him, “Do you not know where the shop is?” “Yes I do, I just, have a secret to share with mom”. “What’s that, can I know it too?” “Not now, but, after we bought milk, grandma will know.”
After my daughter got up from her nap, she seemed, to have forgotten about the milk, and in the reminder of her second son, they’d finally, gone out. But, it’s, odd, they spent a long time out, for just, a bottle of milk.
About an hour later, the two of them returned, other than two huge bottles of milk, there was also a small cake, that my daughter bought for my birthday, and, my second grandson came closer to me, handed me a pen, said, “Happy birthday, grandma!”
My daughter smiled and told me, “He said that when he was in school, his teacher recommended this pen that’s easy to write with to the class, and it only costs $10N.T. each, he said, that because grandma writes often, he’d wanted to give one to you, and that, is why we took so long!”
I took the pen, wrote a few characters, it was, really, smooth, I shook my head in disbelief, “So easy to write, and only ten dollars?”, he’d nodded, happily.
Turns out, this pen was, his secret.
Can’t believe, how he’d, not cared enough ordinarily, and yet, on this, he’d, spent so much attention on, I’d, embraced him for a long while in my arms, told him, “thank you, for being so kind to me.”, after I’d let him go, we’d both, wiped our eyes, and looked at one another and smiled.
And so, this, is how watchful, how thoughtful, this child is, and maybe, it’s his birth order that’s made him so attentive to the needs of others, or maybe, it’s in his nature, who knows?