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Four Special Sentences For My Grandson

--by jab15, posted Jun 25, 2011

My now 7 year old grandson, who lives 100 miles away, has had my mobile phone number memorized since he was 4.  Since then, he has called me every night before he goes to bed to tell me about his day or just to say "Good Night Gramma". 

He also frequently calls me at other times during the day just to share a happy or sad moment.  Many times he's dribbling a basketball with one hand, or laughing with a friend about something that I never quite catch on about, or crying about something he may or may not want to talk about while I'm on the other end of the phone.  I just listen and empathize or laugh with him - just share his current emotion.  I always let him be in charge of the subject, the emotion, and  the amount of time he's on the phone with me.  Many times I just listen to him play (or watch him on Skype), listen while he does his homework aloud, or play games we've made up together that we can play over the phone.

The only time I take control of the conversation is when he's ready to say good bye at night.  Then I have 4 special sentences I say to him every night.  One night I thought maybe he was tired of hearing those so didn't say them.  He immediately called me back and told me that I forgot to say those sentences!  I haven't missed saying them since then!

My friends all know that he takes precedence over all other things.  Unless I'm at a Doctor's appointment, in church, or some place where I really can't take his call, I always politely excuse myself and talk to him, even if it's just for a minute to tell him I'll call him back in a few minutes.

He knows that he takes first place in my heart.

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princessliz wrote: Lovely relationship you have with him. Can you share what those 4 sentences are?
r4 card wrote: The only time i take control of the conversation is when he's ready to say good bye at night. Then i have 4 special sentences i say to him every night. One night i thought maybe he was tired of hearing those so didn't say them. He immediately called me back and told me that i forgot to say those sentences! I haven't missed saying them since then!

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AnnieJ wrote: I'm curious about the four sentences, too! But maybe they're for his ears only? ;)

It always warms my heart to read stories like yours! I never had the opportunity to get to know my grandparents, but i sure wish i had! I'm happy that your grandson has someone special like you in his life :)
bookworm58 wrote: Your a special grandma. Thanks for sharing the story with us. What were the four sentences you shared with him? Would love to know about them very much.
janel wrote: What were the four sentences?
Wendy wrote: Loved the article, but was hoping to hear your special sentences. To compare them to my own.
RMB wrote: Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Reminded me of my 03 little grand nieces and 01 grand nephew. So tender and genuine. Thank you again!
peanut wrote: Beautiful,you are a wonderful grandparent you share a special bond with a sweet little boy.
gesslove wrote: Well, i don¡¯t know if that¡¯s going to work for me, but definitely worked for you! :) excellent post!

moral12 wrote: How wonderful that your grandson has a loving, supportive grandmother like you! This is what every child needs. Thank you for sharing your story.

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