I’ve thought a great deal about memories – those I have and those I’m possibly making for someone else. My daughter and oldest granddaughter had to take a weeklong trip. The youngest, who was attending summer school, stayed with me. The nine-year-old slept on a mat in the living room of my apartment with her small dog, Toots.
We rose at dawn, dressed, walked the dog and drove over to her house where the bus came to take her to school. I dropped off the dog, went to work, came back to collect her and the dog, then drove back to my place for games, TV, more walking the dog and for me – a nap. I had an exhausting week.
Some of my memories will include a trip to the Dolly Steamboat on
outside of Apache
Junction. The lake is created by the Salt River which runs through Canyon
Lake Arizona, pretty much the main waterway that actually has
water until it reaches . The air-conditioned
ride (if you stay on the lower deck) included gorgeous scenery, some wildlife
and information about the area from the captain. Tempe
For the first fifteen minutes on the boat, my granddaughter enjoyed none of it. She went into my-life-is-miserable-and-I’m-going-to-eat-some-worms-fit, all because she didn’t like wearing the life preserver all children under twelve must wear while on the boat. Once she got past that and began waving to the people zooming by on water skis, we talked, ate popcorn and had a pleasant time.
The next day we looked up the nearest location of How to Train Your Dragons 2. We saw it in 3-D. The last 3-D movie I saw was in my teen years, so this was a totally new experience for me. An excellent show, by the way, and I enjoyed it as much as my granddaughter who had seen the first version and could explain anything I didn’t understand.
But one of the most delightful memories had my granddaughter reading a book. She’s had difficulties with reading and summer school was supposed to help her improve. Well, she read through “The Terrible Plop” by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner with such precision I couldn’t believe she hadn’t read it before.
(This was posted originally on July 1st and disappeared.)