AOL,Chat and community. When they asked could they feature my journal,for the silver surfers week ,suggested I do postings on how the web has enriched my life ,and what it means to be a Grandmother ,I think I covered the web bit ,the other day when I posted ...'On line not a fish '..Two very different subjects,both dear to my heart in different ways ,I have made so many new friends since I became tangled in the web,good friends its a strange relation ship,as I'm sure you will all agree,we learn so much about each others lives and thoughts, on so many different subjects ,and it may be a cliche' by now ,but people really are willing to help each other ,no strings attached in this community ,and like the other sort of web,once caught up in it, difficult to escape ! The other week when I was having problems with my computer my home sparkled, but my heart was heavy ,I just felt so out of touch ....I know ! ! Hands up those of you who know what I mean !
Now being,a Grandmother is equally rewarding,except that I am Granny Jan to my lot ,and there are alot,especially as my honoury 'on line Grandson'Leigh aka Edward Soapy pointed out at Christmas it can prove expensive ! I could be Gran to my computer guru ,who lives next door Glyn and who is always willing to help me out when I'm stuck,even the fellow in the corner shop near where my two daughters live calls me Gran !
I have been a Gran now for twenty three years ,since my eldest Daughter Sharon delighted me with the birth of Iain Michael,he was born just three months after the death of his Grandfather making him extra special,sorry no picture of him today ,I featured him on his Birthday ,in April ,then Stuart now engaged to Vickie ,then Paul who I also couldnt find a picture for,but you have seen him before here with Becca and Baby Keira,who Becca was expecting when she met Paul ,but now Keira is very firmly ours ,(Great Grandmother !Oo er)then to complete Sharons family is Charlotte ,the one and only Grandaughter ! My son Derek in Dorset has three sons Mickie,Edward and Christopher,then last but certainly not least comes my Daughter Kates two boys Matt and Sam,both of whom you have met on my journal ,these are all very special people ,who I love so much ,in fact I think I like them so much I wish I'd had them first lol......
We have done so many exciting things together,who took Iain out on his sledge when his Mum was too pregnant to do so ?'My Granny '...who taught Stuart to cook biscuits and toffee? 'My Granny'...who taught Paul to ride a bike ?My Granny..Who collects Einid Blyton books for Charlotte ,yes its her Gran...And when Kate was working before she had Sam ,I looked after Matthew ,oh the fun we had,we would stand frozen on the bridge watching the trains coming and going to London ,'just one more Gran 'each time I suggested we go now,and Sam he loves his Gran nearly as much as he loves Maurice ,who takes him fishing ,hes the one who scrubs the kiss off his face with the back of his hand ! What a character he is !
And then, the boys down in Dorset Mick Ed and Chris ,although we dont see them as often ,are still special,we email IM and phone each other and when we do get together it is extra special ,the E disk on my computer is named Edward so he is responsible for many of my files !
Now look again at the lovely graphic ,made for me by dear Donna,Can you visulise Granny Jan ,giving each one of these lovely children at one time or another a ride on that five bar gate ,and hear the hoots of laughter ,what better sound in the whole world ,the sound of happy Grandchildren,who it is my privilege to know ......Love always
Thankyou Donna xx