It’s time for grandson No. 2!
Yes, the time has come, I am going to talk about my No. 2 grandson, Brady. Brady is now 4 years old. He is our special Valentine, having been born on Valentine’s Day, 2009. What better gift could anyone receive on Valentine’s Day?
What are the words to use to describe Brady? Adorable, yes, that would be the first word that comes to mind. Smart, yes, very. Funny, absolutely; stubborn, well, yes. Brady loves everyone this minute, and the next minute he might not like any of those same people. Usually, saying with a glint in his eye and a silly grin that he doesn’t like whoever is bothering him.
Brady will steal your heart with a smile and a willing hug. He really enjoys coming to Grandma’s house, and he always wants to know if he can have a “sleepover.” He wasn’t sure at first what you were supposed to do at a sleepover, but since his older brother wanted to do that, he was sure he did too. Now, he’s got it figured out — sleep is usually not the main requirement of a “sleepover.” Breakfast, including Grandma’s waffles, is a necessity.
Brady attends Bright Beginnings, and he loves it. He likes his teacher, and he is learning so much. He especially liked a train trip to Mendota the Bright Beginnings class took. He came home with a train whistle and was so happy about his experience.
Brady is all about new experiences and new things to try. He and I recently spent some time digging for earthworms. He was pretty impressed that Grandma was, in his words, the best worm digger he had ever seen. I found the worms, and he picked them up. I tried to convince him to put them in the container we had, but he liked holding them, telling me to try it. We dug a lot of worms that day and made a special memory … a memory that I will cherish and I hope one that Brady will remember too.
Brady really enjoys playing video games. He is amazingly good at them, too. His dad helps him get through the really difficult parts of some of the games he plays. He tells his mother that some of the parts are “tricky.” When she tries to do them, he gets frustrated with her, and says, “Oh, Mom, just let me do it.” I, knowing my limitations with those games, do not even attempt to play any of them when he is around — way too embarrassing to be shown up by a 4 year old.
There are several toys that Brady really likes — he likes trains, tractors and trucks. He has a train table in his room, and he thinks it is pretty special. He also has a large collection of tractors and farm equipment toys. Green is his favorite color, so you can guess what kind of tractors he has. Interestingly, he doesn’t “play” with the tractors all that much — he really likes them sitting on the shelves in his room, so he can admire them and show them to everyone with pride in ownership of those tractors. For his birthday this year, he received bedding for his bed. The bedding has his favorite color and tractors all over it. He loves it!
Brady has always said his brother, Jonathon, was his favorite person. His new little brother, Cole, came along, and Brady immediately decided that Cole was his new favorite. I don’t know if I believe that — he still thinks his big brother is pretty cool. For right now, he does think Cole is great. Of course the baby pretty much just sleeps and eats these days, so he isn’t getting into Brady’s toys and doing things that will drive Brady crazy. The only thing Cole does do is require attention from Brady’s mom — that’s not always popular.
Our little Valentine is growing up so fast. He is now playing soccer and T-ball and writing his name. In another year, he will be getting ready for kindergarten. Where has the time gone, my little Brady? Will you always like snuggling and coming to Grandma’s house? I certainly hope so. You are a special little man, and I look forward to watching the world unfold through your eyes. The sky’s the limit for you — you will make it happen for yourself. I just know it.
Nita Wyatt of Wyanet can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.