‘ ” ” ” ” ” ” ‘‘ ‘‘ ” ” ” ‘is for Chandler and Chloe.
Sugar and spice and everything nice was written to describe my two beautiful granddaughters.
Chandler began ballet at age four. At six, she performed in the Nutcracker with the Bakersfield Symphony, making her debut as the (best ever) Baby Mouse. Fourteen years of ballet have given Chandler grace, poise, and a presence that is natural and unaffected. Graduating from high school in May and accepted at three colleges, Chandler is deciding which one she will attend. True to the origin of her name, Chandler lights up any space she occupies.
Chloe, age twelve, is Chandler’s younger sister. Equally beautiful and talented, Chloe has her own divine spark. She plays the violin and is student body president of her school. She is bright, funny, articulate, and very deep, her incisive mind cutting through complex issues to explain them with simplicity and candor. The love of Chloe’s life is Maggie, Grammie and Papa Dick’s four year old Sheltie, Maggie, exceedingly tolerant of Chloe’s attention, suffers such indignities as being dressed in Halloween costumes and reindeer antlers to the most un-Sheltie of all activities, swimming! Chloe and Maggie are inseparable.
It is impossible to quantify the joy and pleasure I derive from my grandchildren. Without them, my life would be diminished and impoverished, indeed. If it is true that grandchildren are our compensation for growing old[er], I am a wealthy—and very grateful—old[er] man.