by: Sue Klein

    I had an experience with my kindergarten grandson over his first-ever report card that brought one of my favorite movies into mind. Remember the part of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas where the Grinch realizes that “Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” His heart then grows a full 3 sizes.

    I know I am his grandma and not exactly objective, but my grandson’s report card was spectacular. It was filled with all of the accomplishments he has achieved like knowing his upper and lower case letters, counting to 100 and treating others respectfully.

    I received parental permission to give him $2 for working so hard and succeeding at all-things-kindergarten. The next day my mother – his “GG” gave him $1 for this milestone. Afterward, he asked me quietly if he could have one more dollar. I asked him why he wanted it, expecting that I had now established $2 as the defacto payment for a good report card.

    He answered that he wanted a dollar to give to his teacher. He explained “She is the reason I know all of this – she taught me – so she should get $1 too.”

    I felt like I saw his heart growing in front of me. (and mine a bit too I will admit.)

    Without even realizing it, we adults encounter circumstances and think things which cause our hearts to shrink, but grandchildren have very special powers. I know this to be true. They make me smile. They let me see how wonderful my own kids – their parents – have become. They give some of the best hugs.

    But being part of this grandson heart-growing process was an unexpected and very touching gift. There is a quote from one of my favorite books: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

    “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

    My grandkids somehow instinctively know this. With practice, I will too.

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    Carrot Fries – For Healthy Grandkid HeartsGrandma Pad Recipe Pic

    Try this healthier version of every grandkids’ staple: French fries.

    Ingredients

    6 to 8 carrots, washed and cut into ½ inch strips

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 teaspoon salt

    ½ teaspoon pepper

    2 tablespoons dried herbs such as parsley or rosemary. (optional)

    To Make:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs on large baking sheet

    Bake 35 – 40 minutes, flipping fries 2 or 3 times during baking to brown