Sunday, October 11, 2009
A Salute to my Grandchildren
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.
~Mary H. Waldrip
On October 10, 2009, I took this picture of Kelsey, my youngest grandchild. She was preparing to go to her homecoming dance. It was a nostalgic shock for me because I knew then that I had no more grand babies.
No more grandma scary ghost stories until Katelyne cried;
no more babysitting, giving them candy, gum, and cookies, and keeping them up beyond bedtime;
no more, "Grandma, make some macaroni and cheese;"
no more, "Grandma, you're crazy;"
no more fashion shows with new clothes for school;
no more, "Grandma, I having a heat stroke," when they were tired of museum trips;
no more, "Grandma, I didn't break it, the floor broke it.;"
no more holding their hands when we cross the street;
no more loud laughs at ridiculous jokes;
no more Judge Judy plays;
they are now grown.
So what's a grandma to do? I want to thank my grandchildren for some wonderful, playful days. I want to thank them for being such disciplined athletes and scholars, yet keeping the ability to have fun and enjoy life. I want to thank them for keeping me young in heart. I wish them health and happiness. I want them to keep their joie de vivre. I know, it's getting sappy, but trust me, I'm feeling very old right now, yet happy to see what wonderful human beings they are.
So, please allow Grandma Moody to showcase them for a few moments.
The first grandchild, Charles, III
In 2007, Charles received his bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, and is a master's candidate at the University of Georgia and then plans to continue towards his Ph.D. He likes to tease the girls that he is my favorite grandson. Of course, he is.
Today, Karia is an aspiring actress and singer. She was an intern on a production this summer and has also attended Yale's Summer Drama Program. She sang at our 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration.
Karia received her bachelor's, with honors, from Spelman College in 2009. She is pictured here with her proud parents, Karla and C. David Moody, Jr. They live in the Atlanta area.
Karia at Kourtney's graduation
Grandma with Kelsey, Kourtney, and Katelyne
Kourtney, with her parents, Kimberly and Corey, was named one of the top ten student-athletes of Nevada in 2008. She was the top female athlete in Las Vegas and graduated high school with a 4.5 gpa. She is on the track team at Michigan. Go Blue!
Katelyne and Yul
She graduated high school with honors and is a freshman at Purdue University.
Many say that she is just a younger version of me.
Katelyne is an outstanding soccer player
Kelsey, Kim, Katelyne, Kourtney, and Corey
Kelsey and Katelyne perform at our 50th Anniversary
Who's your Uncle? Uncle Cameron has no children but loves his nieces and nephew.
Kelsey and Malcolm, ready for Homecoming 2009