Logan at the Pond

Neighbor Logan (10) stayed with us for a few hours, and I know he was pleased that, for once, David was not working. While grandson David and I finished our late breakfast, John did something with Logan having to do with a puzzle of the US. They may have reviewed capitols, but whatever they did, it was mildly educational.

We brain-stormed about what to do next, and Logan said, “Let’s go to my pond and look for frogs.”

That’s certainly the kind of activity everyone would approve. We were outside in the fresh air, interacting with nature, and having fun together. John stayed home to trim shrubs in the garden as David and I walked down the steep hill with Logan. I loved watching Logan search for frogs with a stick to stir the grass and a cup to catch them. It’s too bad the frogs had other ideas and made themselves scarce. Logan had remarkable patience, which was fine with me, since I found a small boulder to sit on.

I waved at neighbor Jeff when he rode his mower within view, and David and I watched iridescent blue dragonflies dart about. Logan gave up on frogging. He called out, “Look! I found a praying mantis!”

He was holding the creature very gently and let it loose to climb up his arm.

I was scrambling to get these shots and did not pick up on the fact that he was very uncomfortable when the mantis got to his neck. David came to the rescue! As I focused on the creature on Logan’s hair, David scooped up the cup meant for frogs and held it for the praying mantis to walk into. Can you see David’s hand with the cup on the left side of the photo?

They set the mantis free, and Logan ran up the steep hill as David hung back to make sure I was safe on the uneven ground. I felt privileged to have been in a boy’s world for a little while.

Five Years and Seven Inches Later  

From the beginning, our two grandsons have always gotten along very well.  Five years ago David, at 16, towered over Nathaniel after one of his teenly growth spurts.  Nathaniel was probably of average height for a boy of eleven.  That summer we took a day trip upstate to look at minor waterfalls and ate at a Burger King restaurant between points of interest.  While the boys were clowning around, I took a quick photo that made it appear David was lording or kinging it over Nathaniel.  It was always one of my favorites because the boys were having fun together.

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Five years later it was Nathaniel’s turn to play the 16-year-old.  He is 6’4” tall now.  When I mentioned Burger King crowns, David immediately knew the incident and the picture I was thinking of.  He is working at Burger King this summer and brought home two crowns for a reenactment on the first day of Nathaniel’s visit.

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A new twist was Nathaniel’s wearing two crowns like a checkers king and David trumping his stance by pointing to the logo on his official hat.

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More in character is a shot of them with their arms about each other.  Our summer is off to a wonderful start.

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