My grandchildren are my world, I only have two, Maisie and George. I also have a step grandson Joe, who will turn 16 in November.
Maisie is nearly 11, tall slim and, at the moment, bronzed, she has that amazing skin which goes a warm nutty colour as soon as sun hits it. She never walks anywhere if she can cartwheel, not sure where her energy comes from but oh boy I wish it could be bottled ! She is a very caring child /young lady and is always quick to help her younger brother. George is 7 but he has a language disorder and his speech is not always clear or logical. He understands all we say but cannot make sense of his reply. He gets frustrated at times and Maisie is usually the one who can talk him round. He is a very loving little chap, enjoys a cuddle with his granny, but does complain my lap is 'too slippery' (think he means there isn’t enough room for him!!)
Joe lives with his dad, my daughters ex husband. We have known Joe since he was 2, his mum was an alcoholic anorexic and sadly passed away in her sleep a few weeks ago. Due to Covid we were all unable to support him at her funeral, Joe attended with his dad and his aunt, who organised it all. Joe has foetal alcohol syndrome and has anxiety issues so Covid has been a very trying time for him. He should have been sitting his mock exams and doing work experience but all was halted. He is worrying about all of this. I am very proud of him because he is becoming a very caring young man, he works hard at school and is keen to learn but finds it hard. School are prepared to off counselling when they reopen and I am sure they will help.
My point in writing this is that although on the surface we/they may look ok none of us fully appreciate what they are feeling under the surface. Covid has hit many adults badly but spare a thought for the children who pick up on an adults fears too.
#unfrenchDi currently in Dartmouth