My Granddaughter is Turning Sixteen – Linda Bullington, International Service Secretary

My granddaughter is turning sixteen!
This birthday is a milestone, she’s excited to be getting her drivers license! The car her mom bought for her has been parked out front for months, now she’ll be able to drive herself places & have freedom from relying on others to get her places.
As one of her chauffeurs I’m dreading this newly earned freedom. I enjoyed shuttling her to school in the morning, & back & forth to softball practice, it was a way for just her & I to have a few minutes of together time. I liked catching up with what was going on in her life during our drives. You know teenagers, they stay in their rooms with the door shut must of the time when they’re at home & it’s sometimes hard to keep involved in their activities.
I can’t help but reminisce on times of joy I’ve gotten to share in on as a part of her life in years past.
I didn’t want to be called grandma, I thought I rather liked Grammie so that’s the name I was hoping my grand kids would call me.
As Bailey began to talk she heard her mom call my parents grandma & grandpa so that’s what they became to her as well. We knew she could say g sounds but for some reason Grammie didn’t happen… Bailey started calling me Mammie…needless to say I took some ribbing from friends on that & raised more than a few eyebrows of strangers when they heard it…When someone questions it I just say-as long as my grand kids say it with love, they can call me any name they want.
There was the time I came into my daughters home & Bailey was upstairs, I stood at the bottom of the stairs & yelled up-where’s my granddaughter?- she came running down stairs yelling- here I is Mammie – & at about 4 stairs from the bottom she launched herself into my arms! Its a good thing she was just 3 and was an easy catch!
Once I had cut my long straight hair short & it was curled, Bailey pointed to my head & asked- what’s that?- I asked -what’s what? She said- that- again pointing to my head so I leaned down & asked her to show what she was asking about, she touched my hair & asked- are you a lady Mammie?
In order to give her parents a date night, for a long while I had Bailey spend every Friday night with me. We would walk to school & sing a Friday song we’d heard on the radio- Monday is a bummer, Tuesday’s only fair, Wednesday’s gettin’ better, Thursdays almost there, but Friday, Friday, Friday is our favorite day! & she would add-cuz I get to stay at my Mammie’s house! I really missed it when Fridays at my house changed to spending the night with friends instead.
As Bailey continued to age she came into new areas of interest. She plays softball and is very talented in drawing, she likes K pop music-Korean pop bands- so decided to try & learn Korean on her own. She’s smart & beautiful & yes, I AM biased. I love my granddaughter more than any other grandma/Mammie ever!
As I sit here writing this blog, tears of love are streaming down my face. I’m looking forward to sharing in many years of birthdays for Bailey & sharing in all life brings her way! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAILEY! I love you!
at a recent Pink the play Pinkalicious
My beautiful granddaughter!

5 thoughts on “My Granddaughter is Turning Sixteen – Linda Bullington, International Service Secretary”

  1. I walk with you Linda, my Maggie turned 16 this year and you have described all the emotions so well.

  2. Love your blog. A wonderful reminder that the years fly by and to cherish every moment we have together.

  3. I loved this blog – I guess one never really plans on what their grandchildren will call them – our oldest grandson, Noah, heard my husband, Rocky, call me Honey all the time and he though that was my name, thus my children’s name for me is Grandma Honey – I love it and makes me feel special. On another note, my grandmother was only 39 when I was born and was not ready to be called Grandma so I made up the name Little Bimp and Big Bimp as their names and it stuck their whole life and they even named a drive in restaurant “Big Bimps”. I was the first grandchild and those name stuck their whole lives….I have no remembrance of how I came up with those names! LOL

  4. I, too, have a granddaughter…Madison (Maddie) and I watched her 5 days a week until she turned two – then I couldn’t keep up with her any more! She is 11, going on 30, but I will always cherish those first two years we spent together and I have a special bond with her because of it. My grandson, David (7), is also the love of my life but the special bond isn’t as monumental as it is with Maddie. To them, I am “Grammy” and to me, they are my heart!!

  5. My four year old granddaughters first dance recital was last month. Oh how adorable. I agree with call me whatever as long as with love – so sweet. I am Granny. So many fun emotions, memories, and glad for each year that they grow! Great blog Linda!

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