Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Grandparents

Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Grandparents


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623611064
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 131,193
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

Lemon Love

My grandfather gave me the world when he gave me his love.

I never had to guess if the wonderfully weathered old man, whose eyes smiled brighter than his mouth, loved me. Unlike many of his generation, he believed in saying so. "DonÆt tell my other grandchildren," he would say with a voice become as familiar as my own heart-beat, while he gently herded me to an ice cream stand before supper, "but you are my favorite." It was high praise since I was the 24 th of 27 to be delivered into his happy embrace.

Grandpa would have done anything for me, but since love is all about the little things, he was always willing to busy himself with some project meant for my happiness. There was the double-benched swing, crafted in his farm workshop, upon which I spent endless afternoons inhaling the scent of spring wildflowers, while prairie clouds morphed from tempestuous oceans, to families of waddling ducks, to snow-crested mountain peaks only as far away as my imagination made them.

In the house, where my grandmother tended an oven that never went cold, I carried baskets full of romping kittens each spring, played tuneless melodies on an antique pump organ and felt safer than I ever have since.

Summer months meant that I could spend more time away from the confinements of city life. Only a twenty minute drive from our home, my mother often made the trip with me, past fields of golden wheat, and into the company of my grandfather.

On one visit that was meant to be short, I soon forgot myself in the midst of childish bliss. On a tireless red wagon, I pulled all the ingredients of a lemonade stand to the edge of my grandparentÆs property, where a county road intersected a sprinkling of homes, and where other children walked the dusty path to visit friends and family.

Excitedly, I peddled my refreshments to the few people who passed by, counting the meager change that was far from the point of my endeavor.

My enthusiasm withered, however, when the approaching form of my mother reminded me of an appointment I knew I would not be permitted to miss. "But who will sit at my lemonade stand?" I wanted to know, imparting it all the importance unlost innocence always does.

"I guess you will have to pack it away until another day," she replied with regret. Mournfully, I began to obey, slowly replacing my hand-made sign, cups and pitchers into the wagon before loading on the table and chair.

From the house, where I had been visible through the window, Grandpa came stepping across the expanse of grass with a stiffness reminding me my best friend was not my own age.

Without a word, he gently touched my cheek with a rough finger and bent to undo the work I had reluctantly done. He seated himself in the chair and unfolded a newspaper. "It is a nice day for lemonade," he said. "Hurry back and weÆll share some."

When we returned later, Grandpa was still at my post, the newspaper abandoned in favor of a needle and thread and some clothes in need of mending. In the small box where I had begun to deposit my earnings was more change than could be accounted for had the entire village showed up for a drink.

Together we sat by the road for a little while longer. As the sun began to go down and Grandma called us in for supper, we dismantled our stand and walked back to the house.

Darcie Hossack

¬2002. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maladee and Hanoch McCarty. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 The Joys of Grandparenting

Orange Cheeks Jay O'Callahan 2

I Love You, Grandma Virginia (Ginny) Ellis 9

Everybody Knows Everybody Lea MacDonald 10

The Antique Harriet May Savitz 16

Magic Snowball Time Colleen Madonna Flood Williams 18

One Finger Linda Osmundson 22

Little Marie Angela D'Valentine 25

Raising My Sights Terri McPherson 27

Moe Birnbaum, the Fiddler Sidney B. Simon 29

The Last Man on the Moon Eugene Cernan and Don Davis 33

The Priceless Gift Irene (Seida) Carlson 35

Same Agenda Patricia Pinney 36

Buying Something for Herself Karen Brandt 39

The Gift of Giving Hope Saxton 43

Computer Granny Kay Conner Pliszka 47

Here with Me Gail C. Bracy 51

2 A Grandparent's Love

The Red Mahogany Piano Joe Edwards 54

A Grandpa's Love Scot Thurman 58

Gift from Another Grandmother Doris Hays Northstrom 60

Well Never Divorce You Hanoch and Meladee McCarty 62

The Grandma Video June Cerza Kolf 66

Pumpkin Magic Kati Dougherty-Carthum 69

Lemon Love Darcie Hossack 71

The Play Selma Wassermann 74

A Doll of a Christmas Cookie Curci 79

3 A Grandparent's Wisdom

Good Medicine J. T. Garrett, Ed.D., M.P.H. 85

Learning to Listen Ann Russell 89

The Smooth Stone Walker Meade 93

Nana's Mysterious Panache Lynne Zielinski 97

Through the Windowpane Connie Spittler 100

Home Run Alison Peters 103

Grandpa and Me Fishing Michael W. Curry 107

Grandpa's Little Buddy Brian G. Jett 109

4 Passing on a Legacy

Grandmother Nature Sally Franz 117

A Valentine for Grandma Joseph Walker 121

Harvest Moon Kenneth L. Pierpont 125

Passing the Torch Marnie O. Mamminga. 128

He Was a Hero, Like All Grandfathers Sue Vitou 132

The Boys of Iwo Jima Michael T. Powers 135

The Stories Grandma Told Susan Garcia-Nikolova, M.S. 140

Worms and All Pamela Jenkins 143

Perennial Tinker E. Jacobs 147

The Silver Sugar Bowl Karen Can 151

My Grandmother's Shell Faith Andrews Bedford 154

Grammy's Gifts Sheryl Berk 157

The Secret of Grandma's Sugar Crock Cookie Curd 161

Grandma Hattie Tom Bodett 165

Finger Play Carol McAdoo Rehme 168

5 Whin the Kids Teach Us

Behind the Mirror Laura Rally 171

Amazon Woman Becomes a Princess Adeline C. Erwin 174

Through the Grandkids' Eyes Jill Grubb-Travoss 177

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. (Poppa) 179

Dial H for Heaven Helen Colella 182

Grandma and the Chicken Pox Susan Amerikaner 184

Somewhere, Babe Ruth Is Smiling Harriet May Savitz 185

Rainy Day Rainbows Arthur Montague 188

What's a Grandma to Do? Patricia Lorenz 192

Courtney's Love Lesson Alice Collins 196

Grandma's Report Card Meladee McCarty 199

My Grandchild's Hand Jill Grubb-Travoss 203

6 Becoming a Grandparent

Life, What a Beautiful Gift Barbara Jeanne Fisher 207

Half-Listened Debby Stoner 212

Gramma Jan Jan Coleman 215

Good News, Bad News Linda Osmundson 219

She'll Call Me "Ma" Jackie Davis 224

The Bathroom Mirror Wanda Mitchell 228

Reflections of Hope Yulene A. Rushton 231

All in Good Time Chris Mikalson 233

Crossing the Threshold Lillian Carson, D.S.W. 236

7 Challenges

Gabriella and the Trophy Barbara E. Hoffman 240

The Moses Connection Helen Colella 244

Twenty-Nine and Holding Nancy B. Gibbs 247

Mrs. Malaprop's Kin Sharon Landeen 249

A Fair Trade Luise Putcamp, jr 251

Love Times Three Barbara Jeanne Fisher 255

Not Enough Hands! Cathie Collier Hulen 259

Birthday Girl Barbara Bloom 263

8 Special Connections

Gramma, Please Don't Make Me Put Them Back! Karren E. Key 269

Thoughts from a Three-Year-Old Barbara Cornish 272

Princesses Need Jewels Kris Hamm Ross 273

Other Grandpa Katharine St. Vincent 277

Paula Alone with Her Grandpa Sidney B. Simon 282

Real Magic Brad Henderson 285

Sophie's Kids Meladee McCarty 289

The New Family on Walton's Mountain Kimberly Ripley 293

9 Too Busy for the Rocking Chair

The Rodeo Grandmas Hanoch McCarty 299

More Whipped Cream, Please Virginia (Ginny) Ellis 306

Why Not? Christina Coruth 309

A Grandma Takes Power Michael Jordan Segal 313

The Granny Hook Kathe Campbell 315

Grandma Lois Patricia S. Mays 318

Ageless Michele Wallace Campanelli 321

The Marriage License Mekdee McCarty 324

The Gold Locket Bruce Carmichael, D.C 328

Who Is Jack Canfield? 332

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 333

Who Is Meladee McCarty? 334

Who Is Hanoch McCarty? 335

Contributors 337

Permissions 347

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