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As good as it gets

Posted Monday, May 11, 2009, at 7:47 AM

Ah, Mother's Day weekend! My son Matthew brought my grandson Evan to spend the afternoon with me, while Daddy got out the tractor and worked on the farm. Evan and I played ball with the dogs and made a Mother's Day bouquet for his mom, Laura.

Unfortunately, I gave in to his pleas for me to get down on the kitchen floor and play cars with him! Arggg! Saturday night I could not walk!! I had to get up the stairs with a walking stick! Excruciating pain shooting up my right leg.

Fortunately, Sunday morning found me fully recovered and able to take the dogs for a walk on the lane. Whew! Disaster averted! I must come up with another method - perhaps getting a cover for my coffee table and playing cars up there, where "Mi-Mi" can sit on the couch! Ouch!

This morning my friend Teresa Jansen sent me an adorable e-mail, which I shall share with you. I may have read these "great truths" before, but if I have, the lines to those memories are completely down.


1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.

2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.

3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.

4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.


1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.

2) Wrinkles don't hurt.

3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts..

4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

5) Laughing is good exercise.. It's like jogging on the inside.

6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.

7) Do not try to play cars with your grandchildren on the kitchen floor...Your back will not survive.

8) Grandchildren are one of the few compensations for growing old.

9) Nothing is more wonderful than seeing life through the eyes of a child.

From the lush green hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your creaky rural reporter Madeline, trying to do the best with what's left of my ancient body and brain...

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Such a sweet picture. Your son, Matthew, seems like a great guy. You are lucky.

-- Posted by starry_056 on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 8:46 AM

Good stuff......

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 10:24 AM

What a cutie! Do you still have tulips blooming? Mine are long gone. And the wind and rain have beat down the peonies & roses terribly. That's southeast MO in the spring.

-- Posted by gardengirl on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 11:33 AM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
No, gardengirl, I don't have tulips - the last time I tried to plant them, the MOLES ate them up! All that rain absolutely DISSOLVED my new anemones -- and they were SO pretty!

Of course, right now I'm raising a puppy instead of flowers. Maybe he'll leave them alone after he gets a little age on him.

My grandson is the spitting image of his dad at that age! I have a grandson in Minnesota who is just like his daddy, too. What a delight it is to see my children growing up AGAIN, right before my eyes!

Grandsons are just the best! I'm glad you shared yours. I've learned that pains here and there are just loving reminders of those sweet little boy moments. Of course, grand-daughters would be just the best, too. I just don't have one of those yet, so I can only imagine tea parties and dress-up days.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Mon, May 11, 2009, at 4:36 PM

I remember my Mom playing hide and seek with my brother's children. She was seventy years young at the time. She would hide with one while the other would look for them, she would climb into into small places and hide with them, I don't know how she was able to walk the next day. She told me one time that she did hurt after playing with them but the pain was worth the fun she and they had together. My daughter came along after Mom passed away, my little girl missed out on one of the greatest grandmothers that walked on this planet.

-- Posted by mythought on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 7:09 AM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
This is such encouraging information, and I'm so glad to hear of a 70-year-old who played like a kid! Maybe there's hope for me!

Being a grandma is special, and having the time and taking the time to spend with grandkids makes a special grandma. This is truly reflected in the way my grandkids speak of their grandma in memory of days past. I lost my dear wife just over 3 years ago and it's wonderful to share the memories and stories from days gone by. Enjoy every moment MD.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 7:47 PM

My mother was the best grandmother EVER for my children. She had them in stitches with simple things - like clowning around when she was sorting socks! They would sit on the floor and laugh their heads off at her antics! She could make anything funny!

She saw one great grandchild briefly before she died. Now we have memories and the scrapbooks which she worked so hard to finish the last two years of her life. You can just see the love that she put into those scrapbooks. They are a treasure!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 9:10 PM

MD --

My grandpa was in his 70's when he taught me to water ski. He would also hop on a bicycle in a heartbeat to go on a bike ride with any of the grandkids. Being active kept him young at heart!

My grandma was not as active. She however had the food on the table when we returned from our various excursions with grandpa. My grandma is also the one who got me hooked on reading.

They lived pretty far away. I however loved spending time with them during the summers! When I wasn't out and about with grandpa I was curled up with a good book near grandma.

-- Posted by fun2teach on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 6:02 PM

What a neat couple! They complemented each other quite well.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 9:41 PM

I lost my grandmother when I was 15, but I spent many summers at her house in the hills of Bollinger County. I still miss the wisdom and love she shared with me. I wish I had taken the lessons more to heart so I could share more of it with my grandchildren. She knew all the types of trees and plants in the woods and what was good or bad. We walked all over the hills until two years before she passed, when she got too ill to "take care of the old folk" in the surrounding area. She was a wonderful lady. I treasure my grandchildren and enjoy all the time I get to spend with them. I have been there to see most of them make their entrance into the world and have # 9 coming in September. My Madeline often tells her mom "I want my Nana RIGHT NOW" unfortunately Nana lives 150 miles away not across town so quite often a phone call is the contact she gets, but I always love hearing her tell me she loves me and it tugs on the heart string when she says she misses me very much. So much joy with grandchildren.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:21 AM

My 4 year old told me yesterday, "Grammy, you're my very best friend." Now, nothing is much better than that! I hope I can always be his friend, though I know that role will be redefined as he gets older.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:55 AM

Oooooh, how absolutely sweet! My grandson did NOT want to go home the last time his daddy brought him to spend time with me!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 3:01 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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