All of you who have been following our blog post for the last several months know that Mary has been very busy preparing special paintings for each of our grandchildren. This meant that she tasked herself with painting twenty-six different pictures! Her job was made more complex as she wanted each picture to be different and unique to suit each child.
So… Over six months ago we started asking the kids what their favorite color was and what was their favorite ocean creature. We got creative color answers like, “rainbow colors”, “neon colors” and simply “blue” and the animals ranged from, “goldfish crackers” to “whale sharks.” Our grandson that requested the whale shark had just completed a school report on the animal and proceeded to tell us many interesting facts about the whale shark. But I thought his most interesting comment demonstrated the new generation of learners when he said, “If you want to know what it looks like, you can Google it grandma.”
Well, Mary “Googled” and searched all around the limited art supply stores in Portoviejo to find the colors and designs each child requested. About a week before our departure to the U.S. Mary completed the last of the pictures and carefully wrapped them in bubble wrap for the journey. As we met with grandkids from six different states we were rewarded as each child opened up their gift of love from Grandma Mary!
As each picture was opened we heard “oohs” and “aahs” and many, “Thank you grandmas!” in sweet little voices. One of the older grandsons said, “Wow, that is awesome!” and each child had fun searching for the hidden heart shape in their pictures. I think my favorite comment was one I overheard as one of our grandsons whispered to his dad, “I got the best one!”
I think that each of the kids thought they got the “best one” but, Mary and I actually got the “best one” watching the faces of these precious children as they opened their special picture and offered thanks and hugs to their loving grandmother!
Enjoy this slide show of (most of) the kids with their pictures.
It is good to be home in Ecuador where we are busy unpacking and remembering the fantastic experiences we had visiting with family all across the USA!
Life is good in both hemispheres!