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Monday, December 13, 2010

STORIES OF HOPE... (our granddaughter)

Granddaughters Hope and Beth in Hope's room at Thanksgiving.

This is about our 8 year old granddaughter Hope.

1.) Hope's mom picked her up at school the other day. Hope ran out with her arm wrapped in an Ace bandage. Her mother gasped in horror and asked:

"What happened."
"Nothing." Hope casually responded.
"Well then, why is your arm wrapped in a bandage?"
"I wrapped it myself at home. "
"How long have you been wearing it?"
"All day."
My daughter asked the teacher about the bandage on Hope's arm and the teacher replied,
"Don't worry, I helped her all day with her writing and other projects."

(A new family con-artist has arrived it seems.)

2.) This year Hope is attending Private school. The school is run by Catholics but lots of non-Catholics attend and the school does not proselytize.

On Thanksgiving I asked Hope is she was a Methodist or a Catholic and she proudly announced she was Catholic. At the dinner table after the prayer she made the sign of the cross and then smiled and said "I'm the only one who can do this because I'm the only Catholic here."

(It sure is a good thing the school does not proselytize.)


  1. lol! Kids aborb things like sponges, don't they?

  2. I sympathise with Hope. My Catholic grandmother used to take me secretly to church when I stayed with her and I loved the drama of it all and my shiny white prayer book until Daddy paid a surprise visit and I became a Unitarian again.

  3. I cross myself all the time and I'm Presbyterian. :) Kids are so funny.

  4. Frankly, I'm a Catholic and anybody who wants to can make the sign of the cross. A Catholic school that doesn't teach religion?

  5. They may not proselytize, but they do make everyone aware of what it means to be a Catholic, and yes, kids do absorb like sponges.

  6. Hi Annie,

    My daughter married a Jewish boy but remained Catholic herself.

    When her oldest son,Ian, went to school the teacher did not want to come right out and ask who was Christian and who was Jewish so she told them to draw a picture for the upcoming religious holiday. They could draw either a Minorah or a Christmas tree.

    When Ian came home from school he told this to his Mom and Carol smiled and said,"What did you draw,Ian" He put his hands on his hips and said, "I drew a Minorah, YOU ARE JEWISH,AREN'T YOU?"

    That was many years ago and we are still having a lot of fun lovingly quoting him.

  7. Ha ha this cracked me up. The bandage trick sounds just the sort of thing my younger daughter would do.

    I was a practising (still am) Baptist at a Roman Catholic college. Wonderful place. :)

  8. Not only do I want to meet you, I have to meet Hope! She sounds perfect. :)

  9. My husband was Catholic - he changed to Methodist. lol

  10. A family con artist! That's hilarious.

  11. Hi Granny Annie ~~ Kids soon learn to get out of doing things any way they can, don't they?
    I am so glad you enjoyed my post and the jokes in it.
    Take great care, Love, Merle.

  12. I think Hope takes after her Grandma...always bucking the system. Not to worry she will grow up and make you proud.

  13. It had to re read that...after reading it the first time I was still concerned about poor Hope's arm!! LOL

  14. :-) I love the flexibility of children!


  15. Anonymous11:09 AM

    Children never cease to amaze me and crack me up at the same time. Sounds just like something my twins would have done when they were younger besides trying to trick their teachers and change identities being twins! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  16. Can't believe her about anything. Maybe she'll be a banker. :)
    On the Catholic thing, I guess it's true, you do turn out to be like the folks you hang out with. But I'll bet it's a better school than the public one.

  17. Anonymous9:45 PM

    I was the only Methodist at the private Catholic high school. This was in the early 60's and I was considered someone to be tolerated until my soul could be saved. I enjoyed being the "rebel" without having to do anything to earn the title.

  18. We do what we have to do to make it in this world... even at a young age. At most schools, we try to fit in and make friends. Sounds like that's what she's doing. As the saying goes... she will take what she needs and leave the rest. After all, we all followed, learned, did things when we were younger, only to let go of them when they no longer served us well. (smiles).
    My friends son had long hair with these not very complimentary dreads... we would ask her why she let him do it. She said she picked her battles. There would be battles of wills in the future over important things and his hair... well... wasn't such a big thing... He is now a very amazing, gracious,talented and productive young man.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Love and Light, Nina P

  19. That's so funny bless her.

    Although I come from a family of Catholics I didn't go to a Catholic school until I was ten and I loved it even though it was a wreck. I loved the going to church, the candles, the smell of the incense and that dress for my first communion was fabulous.

    There are lots of non Catholics going to my granddaughter's school too. It's a state school though. I think people send them there because of the fairly strict discipline (lacking in many schools) and the ethos which is great. The fact that they're one of the top schools in the County probably affects it too!

    As long as she's happy that's the main thing.

  20. Happy Christmas Granny Annie:)

  21. She sounds like a very smart (n smooth) operator... She is Hope after all-
    I went to Catholic school for 12 years, n am glad to report I now proclaim I am NOT Catholic anymore- The way you work there tho really helped me with college. The folks are a bit quirky, but I made some excellent friends n do miss folks from the old home church.

  22. Hope certainly has a lot of spirit! What a smart girl!

  23. There is 'Hope' afterall :) What a great name..... :D

    Thanks Granny Annie for giving me the game suggestion..we'll be thinking of you ;D

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2011.

  24. The local Catholic schools here are excellent. Top notch in fact. I've known atheists who go to them because they want a top notch education. I can't say enough good stuff about the local Catholic schools.

    Maybe she was conducting a psychological experiment. Change your appearance (including faking an injury) and see how people treat you differently.