Battle Scars

I have called my grandson Willie a warrior almost from his birth. Willie is scarred like a soldier who’s seen many battles. In truth Willie has had to fight battles. His premature birth set a tone to fight that continues to this day. Willie came home with a colostomy and a wound that needed washing and medication. Thinking about his screams of pain during those treatments still bring tears to my eyes. Willie has a fading scar on his abdomen from the reversal of his colostomy. He has a tiny  scar on his forehead from an I.V. before he came … Continue reading Battle Scars

Willie’s Back In School

Willie had been out of school for more than a month. During that time, Willie, his mom and his sisters moved in with me. Changes that were easier because this is Willie’s first home. Willie had not wanted to return to school, so I was concerned with the transition. He’d never been out of school for more than 2 weeks, now he’d have a new bus driver and a new bus aide. Willie stood at the door and said he wanted to go on a plane and go to school. But then I guess he thought about it. He decided … Continue reading Willie’s Back In School

Another Outing & At Home With Willie

It’s been a while since Willie and I took off. Big changes took place. Willie is now living in his first home. He calls it Granny’s house. He has no interest in going to his old house, so this was an easy transition. He already calls the room he sleeps in, “my room.” Tomorrow will be Willie’s first day back to school after more than a month off. He had a 3 week vacation, and then over a week to get a new bus. Willie had been saying “I don’t want to go to school” nearly every morning of his … Continue reading Another Outing & At Home With Willie

Outings With Willie

A few weeks ago, my grandson Willie and I went on a fairly long walk around our neighborhood. It was nice and uneventful, and because we didn’t use a bus or other transportation, there was a bit of control. Well, on Monday, we left that control behind. Willie asked to go for a walk, so we did. Our first stop, as usual, was the playground.  He slid, on the slide. Then he wanted to go up to the sky on the see-saw.  Willie wanted to stay on the see-saw, but it was too much sun. I asked him where he … Continue reading Outings With Willie

Fresh Starts Everyday

In response to Mike’s  A fresh start – so use it!, I went for a long walk yesterday, a Monday. I received a new phone last week and it came with a ‘nagging’ app. It measures my steps and has a daily goal of at least 10,000 steps. It nags when I’m inactive. “You haven’t moved for awhile, how about a walk? Well, I could swear that this thing knows that when I’m not moving, I’m just sitting. It knows I’m not sitting and writing, but just sitting and wasting brain matter on the TV, or playing solitaire on my … Continue reading Fresh Starts Everyday