Anna Bradfield Writes

Discovering the extraordinary in everyday life

Hey Grampa! — A Children’s Story

A fisherman looks across the water from his row boat under a brilliant blue summer sky dotted with fluffy white clouds.Imagine if Dennis the Menace met Lassie. That’s kind of what happens in this book. Nope! There’s no collie, but the heart-tugging sentimentality is there. My siblings tell me that I cried during every Lassie episode I ever saw, so….

Hey Grampa! chronicles a little boy’s memories of his grandfather, from infancy to early youth. Each recollection involves Johnny and Grampa getting into one type of trouble or another. Grampa always ends up taking the responsibility for it. With Grampa’s illness and eventual death, Johnny finds a way to keep his best friend’s memory alive.

I was inspired to write this piece after attending a funeral and listening to a grown daughter reflect on how she and her father had enjoyed so many great times fishing together. She shared how the two always made it a point to take their poles out on her birthday. She went on to say that, even though her father had passed away, she would continue to go fishing on her birthday. Moreover, she said she would know that her father was with her. It got me to thinking about the important bond shared between daddies and their little girls. When I began to write, the vision morphed into the irreplaceable bond shared between grandparents and their grandchildren.

AARP estimates that the United States holds 80 million grandparents as of 2010. Further, according to Senior Journal: Today’s News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers, 7 million children lived with their grandparents in 2009, comprising 9% of children in the United States.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us that children benefit from intergenerational relationships through enhanced social skills, improved academic performance, decreased drug use, and increased stability while elders enjoy enhanced socialization, stimulated learning, increased emotional support, and overall improved health.

This book reminds us of both the value and the return on investing in the lives of those from other generations.

More often than we would like to admit, children experience the grief associated with the death of a parent or grandparent when they are still at a tender age. They try to understand but are often confused and unsure where to turn. Sometimes the grief is delayed longer than anyone would have expected. This book will be waiting for them when they are ready to face the grief. In walking with Johnny through his loss, the reader is better equipped to face it in his own circumstance.

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