When I read to Tony at bed time, there are times his little sister Lucy is there for our nightly ritual.  When all is read and eyes are closing, I say to Tony,  “Good night Tony Boy.  Love you forever and always.  See you in the morning.”

One afternoon Lucy (2) climbed up into my big chair and positioned herself just so.  When all was snuggled in, she looked up at me and said, “My love you grandpa.”  Of course I do what all thinking grandpas do… I said, “I love you too Lucy.”  A moment goes by, a little shifting in the nest occurs, and I hear, “My love you grandpa!”   Now the reasonable thinking grandpa would say, “I love you too Lucy Girl.”  Which I did.  But that was not the end of this conversational delight. Then she looked up into my face with some consternation on her’s and said, “How come you don’t say ‘forever and always’ grandpa?”  “Oh Lucy Girl.  Grandpa does love you forever and always.  Yes I do.”  With that affirmation of love she settled in with a smile on her face and snuggled up tighter.

What may seem to be a small thing to big people is a really BIG thing to the small.

I have reached the pinnacle of joy when Tony Boy and Lucy Girl are snuggled in… one on each side.  “All is well.”  At least in my world it is.

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3 Comments to “Little Bird – (Forever and Always)”

  1. admin says:

    [Weeping willow] Apr 7,2012
    Such a lovely write,grandchildren have a way with words that just tug at your heart <3 A wonderful write:

    John Stevens Apr 7
    Thank you Ww.You come across my mind and I pray for you. May you have a peaceful blessed night.

    Louis Brown Apr 13
    Very interesting write about the little ones we love so much.

    John Stevens Apr 13
    Thanks Louis and yes they do keep me on my toes.

    DieingEmbers july 24 2012
    As my 3 year old grandson sleeps as he always does on Friday night I read this and think how beautifully you capture the thinking of our hearts and family. The way he laughs at my silliness makes my world complete as we sit watching micky mouse club house eating icecream what more could a grandfather need. Keep em coming

    john stevens july 24 2012
    Your comment warmed me heart it did. Lucy is asleep. Tony is watching “Rookie Cops”. And yesterday my oldest daughter and her hubby gave us another little girl. It does not get any better than that.
    I make faces that crack the kids up and Lucy when she meets someone will say, “Grandpa. Make a face.” and she laughs wildly. Me, I just say I am making a face. Can’t you see it? and she get a twinkle in her eyes and laughs and laughs.
    They are great fun. Did you see the first “Little Bird”?

    Joan Karcher july 24 2012
    Very adorable and beautiful poem, thank you for sharing such a touching moment

    John Stevens july 24 2012
    Thank you Joan for reading. I read your bio and I wish I would have thought to say that. Beautiful BIO. Beautiful word.

    Joan Karcher july 24 2012
    Aw thank you John, that is very sweet of you =)

  2. Pam Dowd says:

    Such love!

    Each night as I left Brenna’s room, I said, “Brenna,I love you forever, forever I do. Always and ever, your Mama loves you.” As she took those last precious breaths, I sang to her, “Join hands with Jesus. That’s what you must do. In the blink of God’s eye, Mom will be there with you.” Our children must know that a parent’s and a grandparent’s love is always and ever.

  3. Marie Shine says:

    A beautiful story narrated so nicely, of the events leading to bedtime in your home. How happy Lucy and Tony are to know their beloved Grandpa loves and adores them and of course, they snuggle down to sleep contentedly. Yes, John. How quickly time goes….So much faster, the more we age! Thank you for sharing. I am so pleased that you, Mrs. Stevens and all your family are well, TG. God bless you all, always and forever – Marie

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