Happy Birthday to my very first grandchild! Happy Birthday Gavin, oh you who totally TRANSFORMED my life! Happy Birthday, little red-headed Kelley kid! Happy happy day to one of the most joyful, exhuberant people I have ever known!
Last week Gavin made his school prep visit to the pediatrician to update his shots and fill out the proper paperwork for getting him enrolled in school. Stephanie said the doctor sort of quizzed and tested him to make sure he was “ready,” checking his reading skills and numbers intelligence and I am happy to say he “passed” with flying colors. I was glad I didn’t know about the “test” ahead of time because I’d have been a nervous wreck! You see, I have been Gavin’s pre-school teacher for the past year.
For ever and always, I will cherish the time Gavin and I have spent in “the classroom” together! There was reading and writing and counting and colors and shapes and concepts and painting and rhyming and online computer games (which I watched him learn, conquer and outgrow) on www.sproutonline.com. There were days when school lasted 15 minutes and days when it went for hours. We’ve read Dr. Seuss’ ABCs a hundred times or more and much of Gavin’s bookworm “growth” was reading the Bible, something we both love! Intense learning times were followed by an episode of SpongeBob with some popcorn and Diet Pepsi. It is hard to say who has learned the most, Gavin or his Nonna?
I love you, Gavin-ators! I love that people at Wal-Mart say, “Oh you have red hair just like your grandma,” and I accept the comment knowing it is really from the OTHER grandma, and in reality, I am trying to have red hair just like YOU! I love that you told people, “Nonna is a good teacher,” and I have no idea where you’d get something like that except that I hope it was mirroring me telling you, “Gavin, you are such a great learner,” which you truly are! I love that you love learning and safety scissors and glue sticks and discovery.
You had a Transformers birthday party which was so apprpriate because, little boy-YOU have TRANSFORMED my life! You ARE a Transformer!
I love you, Gavin, forever and always and I’ll miss you when you go to Kindergarten!…Nonna
NOTE TO SELF: When I told Gavin that his going to school would leave a huge void, he advised me, “You can have me over for dinner.” Do that! Often!!
pictured: Gavin loves his sisters! Gavin (2) with Guini; Gavin (almost 4) with Gemma; Gavin as a dinosaur last fall; Gavin at “pre-school”