#SOLSC21: Grands


Come in many ages.

Some refer to “grands” as the elders in the family.

Some refer to “grands” as the younger ones in the family.

Grands: I have a few . . .


One a lover of dinosaurs

and one a lover of all animals.

Grand nephews

The older crew

Awash in sports

And video games

And driving.

The younger ones

Following the older ones.

Grand nieces

From apartment living

To sports and school activities

To school concerts, masked and distanced,

To the little ones, still finding their way.

Grands: 17 in all from.

Watch them GO!

How far does your family extend? As the generations grow, how are those connections nurtured? How do you celebrate their uniqueness?


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14 responses

  1. That one word can mean so many different sizes! Your slice shows that so well. I ownder how YOU feel when you are called grand? Maybe a future slice topic?! I’ve yet to have grandkids but my oldest has a partner that seems like a keeper so maybe in a few years. As I read this, I recalled shopping with you at the bookstore on Broadway as you chose books to send back home to your then 1st grandbaby. That was a grand day!!

    1. Yes, Bank Street Bookstore and books for the grandson! I was just looking for books for my newest grand nephew. My favorite is to find books with their names in them!

      AND oh, yes, that was a GRAND day! Cannot wait to have more! And I totally forgot about all the grand fur babies and the grand fish. LOL

  2. Yes, many layers of “grands.” Extended family brings such joy and unique experiences. We have a family reunion every two years. I hope we get to have one this June or July.

  3. Grands come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. What a grand way to celebrate them all.

    1. LOL! Yes, to celebrating in so many ways!

  4. I love how you take the word grand to so many levels. I am looking forward to being with grands of all kinds this Easter, grandchildren, grandparents, and great grandparents.

    1. Words matter!
      And these precious labels we can live with!
      Happy, Easter. Margaret. Enjoy the family time!

  5. A wonderful slice! I have some grand nieces and nephew, and three goddaughters I cherish. One of them is having a baby in June. We are a small family, but I love hearing about all the “grands” in your family.

  6. Do dogs count? I have a couple of those (although I think one of them is headed off to a farm since he’s not cut out for city living!) You’ve wound all your people within a word. Love that!

    1. Yes, grand dogs are real. So sad yours is headed to the farm.

  7. I’ve never considered the various layers of this one word! Wow, beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. You are welcome, Britt.
      Words matter!

  8. I have six grandsons, hoping for a granddaughter one day to even up the tally a bit and nine grand nephews and two grand nieces. They are all still at school. Distance is usually the obstacle to getting together, but we try for a reunion every three years or so….
    Thanks for the reminder to count them all up!

    1. We cover multiple states so we tend to go with the flow on whomever can meet up. Life is busy and the last year has taught us that it’s very precious!

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