This past week Grandpa (Ed) was in town. Jake was so excited to see him but did his usual activities when he is anxious; he ran around, jumped, bounced, talked in his “jakelish” language and had a difficult time going over to Grandpa to say hi or give him a hug. But it was okay! Grandpa knows Jake well, he understands it takes some time and doesn’t put pressure on Jake to come close to him. He doesn’t beg him for a kiss or a hug. Grandpa lets Jake be Jake and for that I love Grandpa even more! It didn’t take long for Jake to go over to his Grandpa and give him a hug; Jake didn’t feel pressured to do so and that made it so much easier for him to show affection.
What I appreciate the most is that Grandpa doesn’t get offended or upset that Jake won’t run and hug him. I am sure he would love it, Lord knows we all would, but he knows and he gets that this isn’t how Jake is and accepts Jake for who he is. This is a huge load lifted off of me…as Jake’s mom I want everyone he comes in contact with to be understanding, to be supportive and to accept Jake the way God made him. Grandpa does and waits patiently for Jake, he encourages Jake, praises Jake and is probably Jake’s biggest fan!
Jake and Allie adore their grandfather (we all do). He has one of the biggest hearts and does what he can to support and help out where he can. He always has an allowance to give to his grand-kids; Allie was thrilled to receive hers and Jake toted his allwonce around telling us he wanted to go to Amazon and buy another Octonauts toy! It is cool that Jake, somewhat, understands the concept of money 🙂
Allie enjoyed visiting with her grandfather, driving him around in her “new” car and helping him shop. Jake loved having Grandpa here too. One particular morning Jake was so excited when Grandpa walked through the door; he bounced around screaming “Grandpa’s here, Grandpa’s here”. These kids love him; all 5 of his grand-kids love and adore him! And what I love most is seeing his face light up when he sees his “kids”!
Our visit was nice and relaxing but was over way too fast! Today he begins his drive back to NY. We will miss his presence more than he will ever know!
We love you Grandpa, thank you for all that you do!!