the simple things

One of my favourite songs is Joe Cocker singing The Simple Things and that’s the kind of weekend I’ve had.  A wonderful 3 day weekend that began with my son dropping off his delightful daughters for 3 nights.  We did all those things that make childhood happy and they were all simple things.

A pair of socks, transformed into a dinosaur and a banana to eat in the winter sunshine.

Doodling on paper . . .

Doodling is like letting the pen feel free in your hand – Jeanne, age 7

. . . and in the sand.

You can doodle anywhere – Jeanne, age 7

The discovery of a jellyfish washed up by the tide.Being alone with your thoughts ankle deep in mud .Heart-shaped puffballs to poke.There was a DVD of Curious George by candle light, in pyjamas with crisps, a cuddle any time of day and a dance recital for the toys.

Shadow puppets and a light show using a red tower torch – made with a lunch-wrap roll, toilet roll tube, cellophane and Nanna’s torch.And then there’s the surprise installation of a 4 year old.

We’re always wanting more than what we have
What I’ve learned, is what I really need are. . .

The simple things
That come without a price
The simple things
Like happiness joy and love in my life
I’ve seen it all from so many sides
And I hope you would agree
That the best things in life
Are the simple things

Writers: Rick Neigher, Philip Roy, John Shanks

Ah . . . such are the joys of little girls and grandmothers.

5 thoughts on “the simple things

  1. What an absolutely delightful post, Wendy. Thanks for sharing your wonderful times with the grandchildren. You make me yearn to gather up some of the neighborhood kiddies.

  2. Thank you for sharing your perspective on film of a lovely time with your granddaughter. Jeanne is a creative one, to be sure. The doodle reminds me of an elaborate crown for an imaginary queen in an imaginary kingdom!

    • Thank you Tammy for visiting Tammy. Jeanne changed her mind about what the mandala looked like several times as it grew. “It looks like a lion mask.” “It looks like a castle now.” “It’s changed and looks like a . . . ” I think the changes were half the fun for her!

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