G is for Granddaughters


I have two delightful, lovely 15-year-old granddaughters. (Yes, they are twins, identical.) They are the loves of my life. They are bright and funny and thoroughly amusing. We like to go to dinner every week or so, and we have some very interesting discussions. They are on the Pep Squad at their high school. They attend Business Careers High School, which is associated with Holmes High School in San Antonio, hence the Pep Squad.

Jackie is very interested in art and Cassie loves animals. They had a tragedy in their family a few weeks ago when their older dog Nyx died suddenly. It was a very sad time for them and they still haven’t gotten over it. They came home from school and found her dead. How traumatic for them. I stayed on the phone with them until their mother got home; their step-dad was playing video games.

Jackie has a problem with getting injured quite often. She’s broken the same wrist twice: once on the trampoline and once when she tripped walking down a basketball court. Cassie is a little better. She’s had lyme disease and had to have an operation on nodules that formed under her arm. But basically they are healthy, great kids. Unfortunately they have both inherited the family gene for migraines, but their mother has them, I have have them, both my grandmothers had them: it doesn’t seem likely that they would escape them.

They both have an amazing sense of humor. I laugh myself nearly sick when I am with them, They bicker and squabble constantly but it is funny to me. They are intelligent and we have some very interesting discussions about all sorts of topics, besides school and such things.

I know my life would be much less special if these two marvelous young women were not it my life. When my daughter told me 15 years ago she was pregnant, I was happy but concerned because she was so young (only 20) and not married even a year. When she found out she was pregnant with twins, I was overjoyed but worried because twins are more than double the work. We have twins in out family. My sister has a twin boy and girl, and one of my grandmother’s sisters had identical twins. I went out to California where her husband, a Marine, was stationed and stayed there for about 3 weeks (I had saved my vacation) to be with them. I visited them as often as I could while they were in California and Hawaii, but I am very lucky that for the past 12 years they have lived in San Antonio and now I live only 3 miles from them.

They went to middle school only 4 or 5 blocks from my home so they showed up a lot on my doorstep when they had forgotten their house key or had after-school events. Cassie sang in the school choir and she sings like an angel. She loves to dance and is quite good at it. Jackie likes dancing, too, and that’s why they are on the Pep Squad. They really enjoy the physical aspects of the squad and I think they like the dancing part equally as well.

They are both beautiful girls, with dark brown hair and eyes. Jackie wears her hair longer than Cassie, and is a little bigger than Cassie. Cassie is thin as a rail. But they both eat like there’s no tomorrow. I can testify to that since we go to dinner so often. We often share a dessert and that’s just fine with me. They usually chose something really good. They like to read and they run and of course they text and love their phones. They aren’t into Facebook the way some kids are because they concentrate on their studies. They do well in school; Jackie was recently upset because they worked on projects with other kids in class and the other kids didn’t carry their weight and they didn’t receive a good grade. Neither of them like to work in groups for that reason and I can’t say that that I blame them. Better to do your own work and have control over your own destiny.

G is for my beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, funny granddaughters and there was not even a thought about what “G” would be today.

This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.



This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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2 Responses to G is for Granddaughters

  1. Nicely written post. Grandparents and grandchildren usually make a good combination. Being on the other side, I can vouch for it 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  2. The Hook says:

    Rest in peace, Nyx.

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