That’s What Grandpas Are For – Grandchildren Quotes.

My husband has been downloading public domain books ever since he got a Kindle late last year.Peter and Wendy from Peter Pan

Our grandchildren are now six years old and read well.

So, my husband decided to download Peter and Wendy, the original Peter Pan book, so our grandson could read it the next time he came to visit.

Here is how the book starts

“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this.

“One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother.

“I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!”

“This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up.

“You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”

Who Is the Author of Peter and Wendy?

Even this little bit of an introduction explains why this is an enduring story.

The author, J. M. Barrie, respects and understands children.

I think children learn about the world in just such simple interactions.

I imagine my grandchildren’s view of the world changed when I introduced them to our church’s food pantry.

Suddenly, they were faced with the fact that some people go hungry.

Barrie had no children of his own.

He became the guardian of the Llewelyn Davies boys, who had inspired the Peter Pan story, when they lost both their parents.

What Happened When My Husband Introduced Our Grandson to Peter and Wendy?

I, too, was looking forward to hearing our grandson read “Peter and Wendy.”

When my husband got it out and asked our grandson to start reading it, our grandson objected.

“No, Grandpa. You read it.”

“But, Christopher, I’m sure you will be able to read it. Just try.”

“No, Grandpa. You read it. That’s what Grandpas are for.”

And, of course, it is.

What have your grandchildren said recently that charmed you?

Did your children ever say anything that charmed your parents?

Did you ever say anything that your parents repeated years later affectionately?

To you and the memories your grandchildren are creating for you.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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