In this latest addition to the Chicken Soup family, children and grandchildren will relive memories of their parents and grandparents as they read stories of love, humor and wisdom.
|Publisher:||Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC|
|Series:||Chicken Soup for the Soul Series|
|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.
Hometown:Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Education:B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Read an Excerpt
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.
¬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,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Table of Contents
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
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