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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”  Fred Rogers

I woke up this morning, after being away for a week  at my 365 Vegas Meetup, to find a little girl at the side of my bed yanking on my pillow and saying “Up YaYa!  UP! Play!  Me!” over and over . . . until I finally rolled on to the floor and played “blocks’ with her.  As much as I enjoyed my time with my fellow 365’ers, I really missed my precious little Grand Daughter, and apparently she missed me as well!  Moments like this are just to precious to waste.  

I had to document it as my 365 Self Portrait for the day.  I’ll be leaving again in a week for almost a month in Hawaii . . . so I cherish each and every moment I get with her.  I just love watching her at play . . . she is so intent on what she is doing.  One second she’s immersed quite seriously on the task at hand, and the next moment she is reduced to a belly laugh and giggles that consume her whole body.  Who can resist that??  Sure gets my day off to a great start!  

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“My life is my message.”  Mahatma Gandhi

I seem to have a re-current theme in my 365, and that is quite a few photos of me with my grandkids . . . I have this very strong drive to spend time with them, to make sure they know they are cherished and loved and valued.  In actuality, all my Grandkids are fortunate to have many loving and supportive people in their lives.  I happen to be just one of them . . . but do not live close to any of them.  I don’t want distance to be an excuse for them not knowing me, and me not knowing them.  Therefore, I go out of my way to include myself in their lives.  I suppose it could be said that I never felt “special” when I was growing up as one of seven children.  Well, that’s life, and it’s all just an excuse.  I don’t need an excuse to spend time with my kids and Grandkids . . . it’s what I put out there that counts.  I give them my time and my love . . .  

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“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”  Alden Nowlan

I met up with a fellow 365’er today.  We had never met before, except for in the forums.  I drove from Vancouver, BC to Seattle to pick up my Grandson who flew in from the East Coast to spend the next 6 weeks with me.  Since she lives in the Seattle area, we arranged a meetup for lunch.  We had such a nice time!  My 13 year old Grandson was such a good sport – putting up with two crazy photogs . . . I love how he posed for this photo.  

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“My childhood may be over, but that doesn’t mean playtime is.”   Ron Olson

My husband found a box full of old wooden blocks that he played with as a child.  How fun . . . so we got them out for our Great Nephew.  He was having so much fun . . . I decided this would be a great 365 picture.  Unfortunately I didn’t realize until I brought the picture up on my computer that the focal point was off, but I kind of like it!  

My Great Nephew really got in to playing with the blocks too . . .

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