Sunday, November 22, 2009

My dad

My dad could have been a rich engineer.  After taking his granddaughter to her first dance class ever he couldn't stand it that she could only wear the tap shoes on her big foot.  Her little foot is so little that she needs high top shoes to secure them around her ankle.  Crocs in a teeny tiny size worked during the summer but taps shoes don't come in 6 month size for obvious reasons.  So being the caring mama that I am, I was just going to make her suck it up ... you know, one of the many "you can't have everything" moments in her life.  Not Grandpa, nope... his granddaughter wants or needs something, he'll do what he can to make it happen.

Exhibit A:  tap shoes from the 2nd hand store.  Add some creative thinking, some material from an old knee brace and some help from a cobbler and what do you get????



functional tap shoes that she can wear on BOTH feet!  She's been wearing these shoes nonstop this weekend.  Tap tap tap, sliiiiiiiddddeeeee ...


Grandpa's girl wants monkey bars in her back yard.  She loves practicing and building her strong muscles.  Mama  has no funds for such things.  Grandpa Larry has an old ladder in his garage and mama has old landscape timbers from a defunct raised flower bed.  What do you get???
 
monkey bars!  if you look in the back ground, you can see the trapeeze made from rope and a broken croquet club.


you gotta love grandpas (and dads)!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can your dad come over to our house?

Paula

Jess said...

that's the sweetest thing I've ever seen!

AnnMarie & Nick said...

Very cute post, your Dad sounds like a GREAT man.

PumpkinGirl said...

What an awesome story. Good luck tapping! I tried it once and realized I should have started younger. Lucy's the perfect age!p

Leslie said...

What a great grandfather and father!

Nicole Anderson said...

What an amazing story of a grandfather that loves his granddaughter so much! Sounds like a wonderful man! You often hear grandparents saying they would do anything for their grandkids, but to do it... awesome!

Jebena said...

Okay, you've got me missing my Dad like crazy-red-eye-crying-missing-my-Dad. He was one AWESOME DADDY!
So happy you and Miss Lucy have one GREAT Dad to hug on!!!!

Robbin Hopkins said...

Love it!!! Your dad reminds me of my mom. She is creative and thrifty. Tap on Lucy

Mama 2 three said...

That is wonderful! What an Awesome Grandpa and Dad!!!

Kari said...

Sweet!! What a dad Stacy. Lovin' him

3GenerationsFarm said...

He is so sweet, Stacy! Love the shoes. It seems that most times I've been to your house he's there working on something.

Christina said...

Damn. I made it through 110ish posts in Reader with nary a lump in my throat, but this one...this one got me. Well done, Grandpa.

Malia'sMama said...

I think he and my dad must be related- both grandaughter smitten, for sure ! Wonderful, isn`t it

pat2006 said...

I'm so moved by this post. Love your dad!