GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011 - (Page 28)

The secret guest Who’s your nanny? the peaceful orchestration of the grasshoppers welcoming sunset. Our own home, with ten children, bustled with activity. From her darkened, upstairs living room, Mabel could look directly down to our busy family life through sheer curtains. Come the long winter nights, Mabel’s view was even better, as our lights were turned on to break the bleak darkness. Aware of the shrouded figure next door, Mother voiced no objection, mindful of the Bible verse of “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware” (Hebrews 13:2). Daily living provided little opportunity for Mabel and my mother to exchange pleasantries. As neighbors, they were always civil and polite. As children, we were often sent next door with a [Continues on page 30] by KeN NeuSeR photo: © N 28 GRAND o one knew when the secrets began. Not until Mabel entered the nursing home did she tell. Living alone in the upstairs apartment parallel to our house, Mabel had only two caged parrots for companions. On hot summer evenings when the windows were open, their cackle chorus of “Mabel, Mabel!” disrupted Nov Dec 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011

GRAND - Nov./Dec. 2011
Grand View
Tips on Talking With Grandkids
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
No More Questions
How Hip Are You?
’Tis the Season to Be Techie!
Cover Story: Golden Grandparents’ Rule #1
The Secret Guest
Spirituality for Grandkids
Stocking Stuffers and Beyond...
Have a Noble Holiday
Grandparents Survival Guide
Saving Pirate Ryan
Kinship Care Resources
Grandpa’s Dream

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2011