My Son, DIL and Grandson Liam arrived Tuesday evening. My son, Owen, tells me Liam has been talking about going to New Mexico for weeks. They come once a year...well technically twice but within a week as they go up to Denver to see other side of family and stay here again on way home. Though he's been raised in cities he loves the country. He often walks around the property with me, sometimes we sit on the bench i made on 'lookout' hill. He has watered the wildflowers previously. This time he also watered my potted Cherry Tomatoes and other plants. There are a half dozen tomatoes in different stages of forming and we talked about how when the tiny blossoms die the tomato starts to form. He also helped me feed the birds this year.
He's 7 1/2 and has gone thru a growth spurt. He's also talking up a storm, most of it understandable thanks to therapy. He's on high end of autism spectrum. He had Zero meltdowns in the time here, some typical kid complaints about bed and dinner time directed at parents, but he not only did everything i asked (like putting Legos© away before watching a movie in the evening) cheerfully, he volunteered to help me crush cans for recycling. As his other grandma says---the test of how well you've done with your kids is how well they behave for others. They will always test limits with parents.
We had a talk about why i don't let my dogs run loose and i think he gets it---for their safety and so they don't upset neighbors livestock. It is such a delight to be able to have conversations with him like i did with my kids when they were young. He has also mellowed in his interactions with the dogs and cats. While the younger two cats mostly hid during the visit..our 'old lady' cat, Frosty, who is 14 sat on a windowsill and enjoyed his petting and talking gently to her.
They'll be back on Monday, 4th of July and stay with us till Wednesday morning. Can't wait.