Anne Fyans en beBee in English Accounting Assistant • BRS Aerospace, Inc. 2/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,3K

Happy Birthday America and My Granddaughter

Happy Birthday America and My Granddaughter

As my granddaughter came through the door it was evident something was troubling her. She hugged me but it wasn't the big, squeezy hug normally reserved for me. Kay pulled back from my embrace to look me squarely in the eyes. "You were wrong Mimi, really wrong" she said solemnly. You could see the mixture of emotions in the almost 5-year old’s little body as she continued “The fireworks aren’t for me, it’s ‘Pendence Day Mimi”.

Yep, there it was. I knew it would probably be this year and it was confirmed by the text her mom sent me when she picked Kay up from school. Today’s lesson was about the 4th of July which was also Kay’s birthday. I had been telling her the fireworks and celebration were all for her . . .yea, I knew this one was going to come back to bite me. In my defense, she was my first-born grandchild and as far as I was concerned reason for the entire country to celebrate.

So this is how the discussion went as well as I remember it as nine years have gone by:

“Independence Day? No 4th of July is your birthday,” I told her.

“But Mimi it’s ‘Pendence Day. My teacher told me. She said it was America’s birthday. That’s what the fireworks and flags are for.”

“Think about the red, white and blue we see all over the place. They are your favorite colors.”

“Mimi, they are all my favorite colors!” (We had discussed this numerous times. Her favorite colors were anything but black. She said the color black took over the rest when you mixed them together.)

“What about the flags?” she countered.

I was stumped how to tie the American flags into her birthday.

“And what about the fireworks? Didn’t you see them before me?” she continued.

I squatted down to look her directly in the eyes. “Kay, Independence Day is an important day for celebrating America’s birthday, which also happens to be your birthday. Yes, I had seen many fireworks celebrations before but they got bigger and brighter after you were born!” I said as I hugged her tight.

“Oh, Mimi” she said through a smile.

Happy birthday America . . . and happy 14th birthday Kay!



Anne Fyans 3/7/2016 · #11

#4 Thank you @ Vincent Andrew. I see you teach Business. My middle daughter only has 6 more credit hours to finish her Business Degree. Thanks to all the teachers out there!!! Happy 4th.

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Anne Fyans 3/7/2016 · #10

#2 @ Mamen Delgado for your kind words!

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Lisa Gallagher 3/7/2016 · #9

#7 Thanks @Anne Fyans for your kind sentiments! I truly look forward to being on the sidelines now and doting on this new little one that will be arriving soon. When my grandboys come back to visit us here or we go out to Colorado to see them it IS so much more fun than being a parent. I love being adored and pampering. I also feel like the child within can come out to play again too!! Wishing you a nice weekend as well.

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Anne Fyans 2/7/2016 · #8

#5 Thank you @ Randy Keho (sorry I can't tag you) for such a lovely comment.. Happy 4th of July to you too.

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Anne Fyans 2/7/2016 · #7

#3 @Lisa Gallagher, whoops, I was through. Thank you for your comment. Just between you, me and the rest of beBee I may be remembering the conversation a little bit smoother than when it happened:) Hope you and your growing family have a wonderful 4th.

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Anne Fyans 2/7/2016 · #6

#3 @Lisa Gallagher, I am so excited for you. Having a grandchild around to dote on is soooo much more fun than raising your own:) I pray that mother and child are both safe and happy when this joyous birth takes place.

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Randy Keho 2/7/2016 · #5

Handled with the grace of a loving grandmother, who is also to be celebratedl. Happy Fourth.

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Vincent Andrew 2/7/2016 · #4

Happy birthday to your granddaughter and happy Independence Day USA!

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