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It Was Down To Daphne To Do The Cooking

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posted August 1st 2018

Lynne

Lynne

I love being a grandparent. I am not a purple rinse grandmother who sits knitting all day, I like to be as hands on as possible with my grandchildren. I hope it goes some way to keeping me young in spirit. My husband and I are very lucky to have shared a home with my son and his wife since my oldest grandchild was nine months old, and not so lucky that my daughter decided to emigrate to Australia. So I live with two grandchildren, and the other two are the other side of the world, but I still see them as often as possible.

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Going back 12 years, a sort of ritual Ryan and me had brings back extremely fond memories. Before starting school he went to nursery and at weekends and during the holidays we used to have practically non-stop days, which were completely consumed by laughter and moving figures. Something that Ryan never got tired of would be our themed toy sessions, his favourites of which included the Power Rangers and Scooby Doo figures playing out events varying from battles to barbeques. It was always Daphne from Scooby Doo that had to cook to feed the others.

Despite his great imagination when he was only 3 it never seemed to differ from the classic tales repeated, including the same dialogue recited in a range of voices imitating each character.

Those simple toy figures gave us both so much pleasure and it is something the children of today seem to miss out on. These days they seem to all have a digital tablet in their hand by the time they are 3. But filling holidays with games like Ryan and I used to play have stuck in his memory. They helped to form a special bond between us, which still exists now he is a teenager.

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