Before we starting full-time RVing, our youngest daughter Laura, and oldest grandson Gage, lived with us. We would have the conversations around the dinner table in the evening that started with the question, “Gage, what did you do today?”. Gage would answer then ask someone else the same question. It made for interesting table conversation and it certainly was a good relationship builder.
While we no longer have these dinner table conversations, I can still have an imaginary conversation with Gage. G’Mee is Gage’s grandmother, my wife – Carol.
January 13, 2013
Gage: “What did you do today, Papa?”
Me: “Well Gage, I broke the washing machine!”
Gage: “Broke it?, What happened?”
Me: “Sometimes the computer in the washing machine gets stuck and it does not work correctly. When that happens, it makes this clicking sounds. I tried to reset it with the direction G’Mee told me. I thought it was OK so I tried to open the front door. When I did, the handle broke off.”
Gage: “WOW, Papa! That’s not good. G’Mee is going to be mad!”
Me: “Yes, I know. But I can fix it.”
Gage: “Before she gets home?”
Me: “No. I will have to order the part. Then I can fix it.”
Gage: “G’Mee is going to put you in time out.”
Me: “I hope not. I am sure everything will be OK as long as I can fix it.”
Gage: “OK, let me know what happens.”
January 27, 2015
Gage: “Papa, what did you do today?”
Me: “Remember when I told you I broke the washing machine and that I could fix it after order the part?”
Gage: “Yeah, did you get the part?”
Me: “Yes I did and I fixed the washing machine. See!”
Gage: “WOW, that’s pretty cool Papa! I bet G’Mee is going to be happy now.”
Me: “She is. In fact she is washing clothes now.”
Gage: “Cool! Papa, how much did the part cost?”
Me: “Fifty-two dollars.
Gage: “What? It must be made of gold or something.”
Me: “Nope, just plastic.”
Gage: “Oh Papa, G’Mee is going to be mad at you for spending all that money on something made of plastic!”
Me: “I don’t think so. Remember, I fixed the washing machine. That will make her happy.”
Gage: “I’m glad you fixed it Papa. I love you, man!”
Me: “I love you too.”
Thanks for the conversation, Gage. I miss you, man!
By the way, the manufacture included this label with the new handle. I wonder if I should put it on the washing machine?
Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.
And I find that often those two minutes are really more like 4 or 5.
So glad you can still have a conversation with your grandson! Fond memories are sweet! but most of all…so glad you fixed the washing machine! 🙂
Gage said, “I miss you too and I love you!”