|AvaSophia and Grandpa at the ranch|
Who wants to look at pictures of someone’s kids and grandkids? Especially when everyone knows that their own kids and grandkids are the cutest, smartest, most athletic, and exceptional in the history of mankind. Despite that truth, indulge me and let me torture you with a few photos of my newest granddaughter, AvaSophia Ciel Severino.
|Never let Grandpa babysit. (It's only water.)|
Ava is a miracle baby, but that’s a story for another time. She is a bundle of energy and never stops running, dancing, and getting into things from the time she gets up in the morning until she finally goes to sleep at night.
But there is a nap, if we’re lucky. That little girl sucks the energy out of Grandma and me like a garage vacuum sucks up sawdust. But nothing gets to me like that little angel running to me with outstretched arms yelling, "Grandpa, Grandpa." "Gammie" has the same reaction when it's her turn.
My daughter Shannon and husband Steve drove nine hours from the
Los Gatos area to visit us Memorial Day weekend. Unbelievable. It took two or
three hours sitting in bumper to bumper traffic before they escaped the bay
area. That’s a real ordeal with an
energetic baby and an equally energetic dog stuck in the car. Seeing four cars in the 8 mile trip from
Greenhorn Ranch to Quincy
is a traffic jam for Gayle and me.
|She steers by pulling an ear.|
I hope barbeques on our deck, walks around the ranch to see the horses, a visit to our old fashioned cowboy bar, walks in the woods, and a general exposure to mountain living will create memories in Ava Sophia, but what does anyone remember from the time they were 1 ½ years old?
But thirty years from now, there will be old photos in a dusty album – oops, those are obsolete now. Well, maybe it will be a picture on a disc or somewhere in the air accessible by a new form of technology. In any case, the question will arise, “Who’s that old bearded guy I’m riding on?”