Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Phoenix: a pit stop


Grampa fed her lunch and gave him tickles, gramma read him a story and she sat on her lap. Everything brief: lunch, conversation, play, sitting, leaving. They're on their way to the land of eternal springtime to fetch a daughter gone 18 months. We were the lunchtime layover. My mom called it "almost torture" to come and go too fast. We'll take torture if it means a visit from "grompa and grompa" as Lucy says.
We shuffled inside after they pulled away, Seth and I, Hazel in arms...looking up he paused, "I'm sad their gone."

16 comments:

carlo said...

true love, indeed!

short but sweet visits are difficult, aren't they?

Jill said...

How nice to have a visit, even if it was so short. Cute pictures.

Amy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the "almost torture"...true, but who could skip any "grompa & grompa" type visit?..

after talking to Kel, I'm thinking we're going in totally the wrong direction with zoo plans...we need girls alone chocolate time! Hm...

ingrid said...

Is Florida the land of eternal springtime?

Jordan said...

Ingrid, I was actual meaning Ecuador, but funny you ask because they're also stopping in Jacksonville to see my sister's family...

Amy, very good point! Must do!

amy m said...

It is so nice to have visits and I agree it's sort of a let down to see them go. My children are always so sad when their grandparents leave.

rebecca said...

Oh, what a pit stop. Seth's comment says it all - too sweet.

ingrid said...

So when will the Mangums be stopping in Jacksonville? We would LOVE a pit stop in Gainesville on your way there...

Jenny Dahl said...

Its like teasing the kids no doubt. Here are your grandparents, but they can't stay. But luckily grandparets have a way of making time stand still even if for a few brief moments. We've just succombed to taking what we can get these days.

michelle said...

Too bad the visit was so brief. I used to cry and cry when we left my grandparents' house. Who am I kidding, I still cry when I leave their house! I wish more than anything my parents lived closer to us. So any visit is a good visit. I guess you have to take what you can get.

Sara said...

A pit stop at the Mangum home is my kind of pit stop. Lunch (delicious if youhad anything to do with it no doubt), a story and some good conversation. . . what more do you need? So glad you got to see them if only for a short time!

Elizabeth said...

That would be torture but one I wouldn't pass up.
My boy calls my parents both grompa too.

Amy W. said...

Oh, you're shuffling inside and Seth's comment tugged at my heart. Too fast indeed.

Kelly said...

Oh, that's very bittersweet. We live far from family, and it always kind of tears the wound open again to see them and then leave them. But, it's always worth it. My girls call my parents grom and gromp, so I loved that.

Kristi Brooke said...

what a great photo!

Crystalyn said...

so wonderful to have such a visit, even if short. my little guy says, "groma and grompa." so tender in their little voices.