Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

When the granddaughter stays over February 4, 2019

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IN THE LIVING ROOM, a ballerina guides a train along tracks…



then dances across the carpet, tulle flaring as applause roar.



In the kitchen, an elephant stomps. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. Then asks for a cookie.



Along the river bank, snowboots slap on wet pavement edging the river and the ice-boxed rushing waterfall. The need to walk, to run, to just be outdoors prevails following days of near record-breaking brutal cold.



Then, beneath the bridge along the recreational trail, vehicles thump overhead while three walk, one trailing.



Back inside the house, two snuggle under a fleece and blue jeans blanket and read of baby robins and bunnies and warm days of spring.

Then preschool arms reach, wrap around neck and speak the sweetest of words. β€œI love you, Grandma!”

Β© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


19 Responses to “When the granddaughter stays over”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I can almost hear her sweet voice. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing Izzy with us today.

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    You and Randy are brave to venture out into the snow and cold… but what wonderful memories you are making!

  3. Jennifer Woldum Says:

    Absolutely Perfect. Such joy they bring to our lives!

  4. Ahhhh so SWEET – she is becoming quite the little lady πŸ™‚ Happy Day – Enjoy!

  5. Almost Iowa Says:

    Grandkids are the best. Uh….. and so are Great-grandkids. We added another “great” last Tuesday.

  6. Sheri Eichhorn Says:

    That’s a heart render there. The photos helped to tell your story, while you used lean, powerful words to take us with you on a wonderful afternoon of grandma and grandchild. Lovely!

  7. This is the sweetest. Love that 1st picture of Izzy, she is precious.

  8. Cheryl schrader Says:

    Grand babies are the best. That is all I have to say.

  9. Bella Says:

    Yes, you certainly are making memories-what joy she brings to your lives

  10. Claudette Says:


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