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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An ‘Emma’ kind of day

My daughter Robyn and the grandgirls have arrived, and we’ve been busy, busy, busy.  Didn’t figure I’d post until they headed back to Chicago, but today was one of those days that I just couldn’t resist telling about.  Emma may be getting older, but today proved she still has a ‘wild child’ streak in her.  Of course, her escapades today involved both Phoebe and Avery (the grandgirls).

The day started out innocently enough with a hearty scrambled eggs and blueberry bread breakfast.  Then the girls headed over to the Junior Ranger yurt to have their first training session.  Avery, aged 7 1/2, is most interested in becoming a certified junior ranger.  Phoebe, almost 6, not so much. 

The plan was for them to come back, have lunch, and then we’d head for the beach for the afternoon.  We had lunch, they got their swimsuits on, and waited outside while I brought Emma back into the rig.  Then Phoebe came back in to ask me a question, and left the door open as she went out.  I couldn’t quite get to the door quick enough before Emma saw her portal to freedom.  Yep, she literally flew out the door and was on her way down the road. 

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                                               (All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth)

Then all of us, excluding Phoebe, were on a mad dash down the road to try to retrieve Emma.  Eventually we caught up to her, and Avery said, “Wow, that was sure a ‘quick’ walk for Emma!”  Ha!  Seemed like an eternity for me, but was probably only about three minutes.

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Earlier in the day, Avery had taken quite a liking to a hand crocheted necklace that I had hanging on my refrigerator.  It was given to me by some fellow volunteers about five years ago.  It has that little woven basket at the bottom, and contained a little black stone that I was told was an Indian Tear.  (It actually may have been called a Navaho Tear, but I can’t remember for sure.)  Avery was just thrilled as I told her she could have it.  She wore it all day, and told everyone she met about it.

Then this evening as we were having a ‘hang-out’ on Robyn’s phone with my oldest son, Daniel, Avery showed the necklace to him and took out the tiny Indian Tear stone that she was so proud of.  It somehow popped out of her hand and dropped to the ground.  At the time, we were making some melted chocolate and marshmallow treats over an open fire, and Emma’s nose was working overtime.  I’m sure she figured the little stone was a treat.  You’ve probably guessed, that as we all grabbed for the stone, Emma licked it up and swallowed it before our very eyes!  Avery was devastated, and was afraid I would be mad that she had lost that special stone.  Well, I could only look at the situation and just laugh out loud.  It was just so comical to watch as Emma innocently swallowed, and couldn’t figure out why we all had our hands in her mouth. 

Now, here’s my dilemma.  Do I try to sift through you know what to try to retrieve that precious stone for my grandgirl???  Surprised smileSmile with tongue out

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

35 comments:

  1. Of Course!!!---- Anything for the Grandkids --they are WORTH it!!!!

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  2. Of course.. . What's a grandma to do!... your post today made me laugh when I needed that

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  3. Phoebe and Avery ..... Mum says - what beautiful names and what beautiful little girls. Don't you just love 'em to death, aye, Emma?? I've had the best escapades ever from the Grand peeps leaving the door open for me but ... Crikey Emms .... you've swallowed something precious!! Good onya!!! That'll give your Mom something to do with her time, aye?? My Mum's been in a bit of a dark space today. It happens from time to time with her but you made her laugh. Thanks!!

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  4. Yes! You must retrieve the magic stone...for sure and certain - there is a book in this tale. ...the stone will have more magic powers...even if you find a replacement for the kids....remember the "tooth fairy"....LOL

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  5. Yes! You must retrieve the magic stone...for sure and certain - there is a book in this tale. ...the stone will have more magic powers...even if you find a replacement for the kids....remember the "tooth fairy"....LOL

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  6. Those kids are adorable. Have Avery help you with the sifting. She wants to be a junior Exploreder...let her explore.

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  7. Absolutely, gotta get that stone back. And someday Avery will do the same for her child or grandchild.

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  8. Wow what a dilemma, I am sure will do whats right and retrieve that magical stone.

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  9. From your description that was an Apache Tear that Emma swallowed and you MUST retrieve it.

    The name "Apache tear" comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: about 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona in the 1870s. Facing defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be killed. The wives and families of the warriors cried when they heard of the tragedy; their tears turned into stone upon hitting the ground.

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  10. Just maybe it will be on top of the pile! We can always hope 😝!

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  11. Ha!! I'd go for it! Maybe some magic will rub off on the inside and Emma will be transformed into a compliant, understanding, non-dashing canine!

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  12. This is all too funny. What a great time these girls are having with their grandmother - who are you by the way? Gramma? Nana? Seems like the overwhelming vote is for getting the stone with Avery's help. Could be a serious adventure if it's really small. Wonderful story about the Apache Tear. Wonder what the "formal" name for that stone is. Can't wait to see what happens in the next episode of 'The Grandgirls, Judy and Emma'.

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  13. May I suggest a box of laytex gloves?

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  14. A true Apache Tear is a form of black obsidian found only in the desert southwest and Mexico - it appears black and opaque but when held up to the light you can see the crystal "tear" hidden inside. I agree you need to retrieve it if possible - but if not, you can look for a new one in a rock/gem store. An Apache Tear is known for it's grief healing properties and if you believe in such things an Apache Tear is a very treasured stone. Good Luck ! A great Emma story !!

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    1. PS - Hope it doesn't give Emma any "grief" !!

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  15. Why of course, that is what Grandmas do.

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  16. Oh yeah, you've gotta get that stone! Reminds me of a patient we had, a two year old girl who had her eye removed due to a tumor. She swallowed her prosthesis and mom (who had both eyes removed in childhood for the same tumor), had to blindly feel for it in her diapers. Mom was pretty comical telling the story, so just think about the funny blog post you will get out of it!

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  17. I think the consensus is that you have a dirty job ahead of you, lol.

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  18. Getting in late on this one.... but definitely looks like it has to be done. Kinda gives another meaning to "the end", doesn't it?

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  19. of course, you have to..Have fun ;-)

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  20. I think I'd get it back. I pick up Katie's poops with those plastic poop bags, I'm sure you do, too. Just squash the poop in the bag with your fingers. You'll feel the hard stone, and will be able to "move" it up to the top of the bag and drop it into a gloved hand. Hold it under the water faucet, then dip it into some cleaning solution, and you're good to go. Easy, peasy, right? Have FUN! :)

    Yes, your grandgirls are just darling. Such perfect ages to have these adventures with their Grams.

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  21. Oh my, I think I would be thinking twice on that dilemma. Guess we will know your decision and success or failure.

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  22. I would give the grandgirls some surgical gloves and let them do the sifting--a much better lesson learned.

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  23. Yes. Definitely look for the rock for Emma's sake. If she does not pass it, it may be lodged in her digestive tract and that can be fatal. My sister almost lost her lab that way. We almost lost a dog to a swallowed squeaky toy that he could not pass. The rock might pass right through her and be no problem, but in case it doesn't you can get her to the vet to have it removed.

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  24. Yeh, you have to! It is in the Grandmother handbook.

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  25. I am going to be the party pooper! I say no, take her to a bead store and let her pick a special stone/bead to put in the pouch.

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  26. I'm hoping you find the stone but I am not envying you the hunt. You are definitely a good Gram.

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  27. Now we have to see the tear :-)

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  28. I would try to find it to make sure it passes. These dogs are just to fast I know Fred got hold of my friends pill and he had a day at doggie hospital thank heavens it was only one. But maybe a new stone can be found in a rock shop or any tourist shop. Good Luck

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  29. I really like the squish the bag procedure.

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  30. There is no question, Grandma, you'll sift. My friend says - " don't sift - just soak and the stone will be left behind when you pour the runny stuff off.

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  31. Children certainly provide plenty of blogging material. I don't envy you your task of retrieval. Can't wait for the update.

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  32. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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