“A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” ~Amish proverb

When my little granddaughter, Reagan Grace, turned three in August, I gave her twelve coupons for “Mimi Moments.” Once a month, I will take Reagan out for a planned outing: an ice cream cone, a cookie, something that includes sugar. And me.

This last week, when I drove up to Reagan’s house to pick her up, she was waiting on the porch. Her mom said she’d been chattering about her Mimi Moment all morning.

Time, I think, is the very best gift we can give our children and grandchildren.

During our visit, Reagan told me about her favorite snacks: cheese-y popcorn, watermelon, and pineapple. “So, Mimi,” she said in a firm voice, “we need to go to a cheese shop. Then to a popcorn shop. Then to a watermelon shop. Then to a pineapple shop.”

Ah! Sounds like next month’s Mimi Moment is all planned.

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