June 12, 2013

For the last couple of weeks, on Tuesdays, I’ve been picking up Devon after school. What a treat for a grandma!! We have a routine jig-jagging through the streets of Manhattan heading for the Barnes and Noble bookstore where about 5:30 his mom takes charge, they head off to soccer practice and I go home.

In the book store he splits his time between fiddling with the Nook displays on the first floor and then we take the escalator to the second floor where he settles in for a good read and chills out after his big day in school.

But before we get to the book store we stop for something to eat and drink. Sometimes we get sushi or fried dumplings. This week we decided on BBQ ribs and giant glasses of root beer. The fun part of eating the other day was that the TV in the  restaurant was turned to the sports channel showing surfers, and he told me about his dream to one day learn to surf in the ocean. He has a boogie board but he said it was too weak for the really big waves. He has so much to look forward to.

After eating we continued our walk to the book store. There’s always something interesting to see. We couldn’t figure out why someone put so much caution tap on these stairs. We threw around a couple of ideas; ghosts, rats, or maybe it’s poisoned.

It was a windy day and several blocks before reaching the book store we encountered a huge dragonfly. The poor thing was having a terrible time in the wind and was being banged into the window of a drugstore. Then when it tried again to fly, the wind thrust it down to the ground where it’s wings and tail shimmied in what must have felt like a gale-force-wind to this fragile creature. Devon reached down, offered a finger. The dragonfly climbed on board and held on for dear life. “Do they bite,” Devon asked after the dragonfly was fully attached to his finger.

The dragonfly stayed with us for quite a few minutes and then in one of the huge bursts of wind the insect flew away. But the drama for this little creature was not over yet, because as soon as it left Devon’s finger a bird took off after it. The dragonfly did a few quick dragonfly maneuvers, disappearing into the windy gray sky. But we spotted it a few minutes later flying above a traffic light. The bird gave up the chase and our dragonfly looked quite in control.

As we continued our walk to the book store Devon talked about how he could have been more help to the dragonfly. He thought his best idea would have been to carry the insect to a park and set it on a flower’s leaf.

I’ll miss these after school walks. But now that summer is here there will be plenty time for other city walks and trips to our favorite burger place.


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  1. thelma straw on June 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Adorable child. After a conversation we had not long ago, I share the concerns re life in today’s world. tjs P.S. I can see a children’s book in the making here…

  2. Susan on June 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Ahhh, I wish I was there. Devon is a great young man! Keep up the influence, or is he influencing us? Mutual love I am sure.

  3. Carol Foresta on June 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Loved the story and the pictures Marge. Devon looks so grown up. Grandchildren are a blessing.

  4. Eric Parker on June 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Lovely and touching Marge
    I hope to meet Devon one day

  5. Sharon on June 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    What a great memory for Devon to grow up with. Special times with Grandma. They grow up so fast so enjoy every moment that you can.

  6. Kevin Cole on June 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Grand kids are so much fun, it’s great you can spend the time with him.

  7. Toddi on June 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Memories of every day life is the most precious. I think, we can all recall something in our past that evokes the feelings of love and longing to be there again. Devon will remember your trips and enjoy them for life. What a great Grandma.

  8. Chloe C on July 7, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Good times. Love that he parked the dragonfly on his finger before he asked if they bite.
    Love your images and stories from the city.
    With so many eyes and hearts on this boy there are great hopes for his future!

  9. Trish Mayo on November 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Lovey description of your time spent together. Amazing to have held a dragonfly.

    • Pushing Time on November 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Trish, Yes, that was a lovely time. The dragonfly was very needy on that windy day and it was a lovely experience for all.

  10. Pam Williams on November 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Wonderful story, Marge. You should bring Devon out here. We have surfers in Rockaway!

    • Pushing Time on November 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I certainly will do that Pam. I love you Rockaway place. He would love it, too. In fact, I don’t know anyone who would love where you live!!