OCTOBER 1

OCTOBER 1

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

October 1

Last summer we were planning a large family reunion. Finally, we’d be able to gather all our wonderful grandchildren together.

Our youngest son arrived with our youngest granddaughter. My daughter-in-law, well-meaning as she was, pushed three-year-old Marie toward us. “Give Grandma and Grandpa kisses hello,” she said.

Marie looked panicked and ducked behind her mom’s legs.

Throughout the reunion Marie continued to hide whenever her mom asked her to give us a kiss. As my son prepared to leave for the airport, I told my daughter-in-law that I needed to say a special good-bye to Marie.

I bent over and stared right into her eyes—long and hard—until finally I had to stand up.

“What was that all about?” asked my son.

“Our eyeballs kissed,” I said.

Slowly, a grin split Marie’s face from ear to ear and she laughed. Then she ran to me and gave me a big hug. “Silly Gramma,” she whispered.“I’ll miss you.”

Angela D’Valentine

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