This is my oldest great-grandaughter, Kristie. She turns ten today.
This brings up a lot of conflicting emotions for me. For instance, if my health holds out, I could be a great-great-grandmother in another ten years!
I remember when I turned ten back in 1950. Like Kristie, I was the oldest, but I didn't feel much like a kid anymore. I spent a lot of time in the house helping my mother while my younger siblings played outdoors. Kristie--to her mother's credit--is enjoying her childhood.
Kristie and her little sisters have been spending a week with me every summer for some years. She is a darling child and a lot of fun. I'm so glad I got to be her grandmother.
I'm a big fan of my home state of Minnesota, especially because all of my kids and grandkids live here. I'm retired but keep busy with puttering, volunteering and writer's groups. I have three well-loved kitties who keep me smiling. I am surrounded by trees and wildlife even though I live within a few miles (as the crow flies) of the state capitol building in downtown St Paul. This keeps me quite contented.