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Cricket’s Hearth

Hello and Welcome to Cricket’s Hearth.

Several years ago while playing a game of Candyland with my youngest grandson, who was five at the time, I was told I looked like Gramma Nut on the board game. I had to laugh and asked Caleb why he thought this, although I pretty much knew it had to be due to my size, despite the fact I really wasn’t quite as plump as she.  Caleb looked questioningly at me with his big blues  and with a smile that accented his dimples, said, “Well Gramma, you have the same shiny brown eyes and long brown hair and you always smile like she does.”

“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” Matthew 21:16 King James Bible

Isn’t it interesting how two people can look at the same picture and see two entirely different correlations? I was seeing the negatives of being compared to Gramma Nut while Caleb only noticed the obvious. Yes, out of the mouths of babes comes the wisdom of innocence.

I am an early 60’s, single, retired grandmother of five adjusting to living a different life in “my golden years” than what I had envisioned. Cricket is my childhood family nickname which has stayed with me throughout my life. I began Cricket’s Hearth several years ago as an avenue to make new friends and as a venue to share my love of writing.  I have met many wonderful people from all over the world and am very pleased to know them as true friends.

When I began blogging, I was like many my age – disillusioned, discouraged, and a bit depressed from the disappointments in my life. Through blogging, these years of reflection and reconciliation have enabled me to make a transition to a time in my life where I no longer feel the need to constantly strive to meet the expectations of everyone in my life – from my parents to my children to the community. I have gained strength to believe in me and my values, and to validate my needs and wants.

And you know, I like that Caleb thought I looked like Gramma Nut. She is quite an attractive woman with many talents and a wonderful smile who obviously loves children – just the person that I am.

I believe there are many grandparents like me out there in cyberworld. If you relate to any of what I have said, I invite you to come on in and set a spell (my grandmother used to say that to visitors). Sometimes we will laugh and sometimes we will cry, and we will always praise the Lord.

 Welcome to Cricket’s Hearth!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2008 10:15 am

    Hi! I am a resident of a rural Ohio community. Where are you located? I am outside of Marysville. Please e-mail me.

  2. February 27, 2008 2:31 pm

    Have a nice day !

  3. August 31, 2008 4:23 pm

    Greetings from PA!

    I happen to come across your Blog and enjoyed reading much of it. My Wife and I live here in Reading. We have 2 Sons and 4 Grandchildren. Alot of the things that were said on this Blog, have happened to me. It seems it’s the same just about all over. My High School day’s were pretty much the same thing with dating and the sex thing. In High School I was half scared to death to try anything with a date, for fear of getting her pregnet. Back in those day’s, as you know, this was a forbidden thing to even try. There were not too many girls that were willing to “go in the back seat.” Just maybe one or two, but they were not really worth it. I didn’t really go for the “sleep around” type.

    If you are interested in my Blog you can read or look at it.

    Thanks for letting me Post here.

  4. Molly permalink
    November 29, 2008 1:52 pm

    I am creating a program for our church’s women’s Christmas banquet and the speaker’s theme is memories from her grandmother. May I use the picture on the brochure? Thanks so much,

    Molly in Seattle

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