Friday, February 17, 2006


My mother chose her own nickname for the grandchildren to call her – “Fave G,” short for “Favorite Grandmother.” She’s friends with the other grandma and loves to pretend that they’re competing for the children’s hearts. Fave G scored again on Valentine’s Day by slipping a crisp $5 bill into Maddy’s Valentine envelope.

Maddy was so excited to get her very own cash, you’d have thought WWII just ended. “WHOOP!!! WOO HOO!!! YE HAW!!!”

We made a beeline to the Build-a-Bear store in the mall. She got a soccer outfit for “Spotty,” a long-awaited accessory.

Filled with gratitude, Maddy dictated a chatty thank-you note to Fave G, drawing a rather funky-looking $5 bill in green marker.

She enthused, “I was so excited to get the money in the mail! I got President Bush on the front and the White House on the back!”

Yeah, well, she’s remedial for Presidents’ Day, but it’s the thought that counts.

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