Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Who's The Man On That Coin

I haven't seen my Grandchildren in four weeks, and was having Grandparent withdrawals, when my daughter made the hour long trip to bring the boys to see me. It was so great to visit with them. They are the best medicine.

WyMan and Pickle

Like his Grandmother fM, Pickle is a collector and brought his latest acquisition for Grandma to see.

Pickle, whose birthday is today - Happy Birthday Dillon - is nine years old. (I should explain that when Dillon was born we called him Baby Dill which as he got older became Pickle. I doubt we can get away with this for many more years.)

Pickle collects rocks.* He was given some polished stones by his other Grandmother after she took a class at the local college, and some are rocks and fossils he has collected on his two hunting trips with his Grandfather to Montana. He has special divided cases that he carries them in and now he wants to read about them and classify them. So of course, Grandma had to order a good guide for him from Amazon.

While we were looking at Pickle's collection, WyMan who is five chimed in, "I collect something too!"

"You do," I said. "What do you collect?"

Wy reached in his pocket and took out two coins and put them face up on the table. "I collect money," he told me. "I have more at home. Grandma, can you tell me who the men on my money are?"

Not having my glasses on I could tell one was a penny by its color. The other could have been a nickel, a new one I thought, but I wasn't sure. "Grandma doesn't have her glasses on but this one is a penny so it must be Abraham Lincoln," I told him; "I can't read the other one."

"It's O.K. Grandma I know who it is, "WyMan said matter of factly as he put the coins back in his pocket. "It's George Clooney."

Ah, yes. George Clooney that famous American and former president (never say never). George Clooney. Now that coin's going to be worth something.


*I collected rocks when I was young and my husband says he's sure they're in a box somewhere in the house - NOT!

Note: The shades the boys are wearing are for the purpose of looking cool. You will notice they cast no shadows. The sun never shines in Washington, trust me.

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Blogger Jasia said...

Ah yes, President George Clooney. I voted for him (in my dreams). It is my firm belief that we should choose our elected officials based on their eye appeal. I used to think that their positions on issues mattered but that was back in my youth when I was young and naive. Now I know better.

I will be voting for Pierce Brosnan in the November election. George C. is getting a little grey if you know what I mean (he really should pick up some Grecian Formula).

Your grandchildren are adorable!!! I can't imagine how you kept a straight face when WyMan came up with "George Clooney". Too funny! LOL!

February 13, 2008 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Eye appeal. I am so with you girlfriend.

We could have a four party system. The Blonde, Brunette, Redhead, and Gray parties.

Pierce, great choice! Right now I'm undecided as to what appealing person I would vote for in November.

So all you good looking people out there, what are you willing to do for your party?

Little WyMan was so serious I had to wait till he left to laugh. And thank you, I think they're adorable too.


February 13, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...


You have lovely grandchildren, with even more adorable names! Oh, grandbabies... I hope to have one someday. It's a big part of what makes life fulfilling, isn't it, waiting for that twinkle of inspired excitement in a youngster's eye. Thanks for sharing.

I'd vote for Gregory Peck, but, alas, I think I'm (he is?) a little too late.

February 13, 2008 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Hi Grandma fM,

They don't really call you that, do they? It would be funny if there other Grandma was aM, eh?

Pretty cool cute little boys. Aren't they fun? And busy. And a handful. Still innocent, probably.

My two little guys come tomorrow - they are 4 and 2. It's Logan's 2nd birthday on Friday - we're going to Legoland. I'll try to get some pictures while they have their clothes on (all our Christmas pix had one or the other naked...I didn't post them on my blog). I think Lolo is coming too. We're spending next weekend at Disneyland to celebrate Lolo's 3rd birthday.

I thought Mitt Romney was pretty good looking...

Cheers -- Randy

February 13, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you, being their grandmother is the light of my life. We need to consult Lee, but the name thing is very southern.

I've asked for more, but alas, my other two children refuse to even get married much less have grandchildren.

Gregory Peck - always thought him very appealing. Which party would that be?


February 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


How did you know their other Grandma was aM?

Aren't we both lucky? I love the stage where they can't seem to keep their clothes on. I really miss Disneyland, but my daughter takes the boys once a year. Please say hello to Mickey and Minnie for me.

Mitt Romney and sons, very appealing. The brunette party?


February 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Mel Gibson.

And they are adorable. And Wyman (what a great name) and you would love to be in Tucson right now: We're in the midst of the annual Gem & Mineral Show, which is one of our three biggest draws of the year (along with the Accenture Golf Tournament and the Fiesta de los Quiros (sp?) Rodeo). The Gem show is incredibly popular, and the weather this weekend is supposed to be 61 and 71. I won't go though; the freeway is all torn up, every exit from north of downtown, through and past downtown is closed and I bet it's a traffic nightmare down there!

February 13, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

Great pictures Grandma fm!!! And you are right that there are times when you just need a dose of "little ones" to pick you up.

Without offspring of my own, but with 41 first cousins on my mother's side, you can image that there I have just "acres and acres of family" as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said in Auntie Mame. This includes many little ones.

February 13, 2008 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Oh, I am so down with Mel Gibson.

Dillon would love to attend a Gem and Mineral Show, thank you so much for the suggestion. I will try to find one here in Washington.

I should also explain WyMan's name. It is pronounced Why Man! It is a nickname.

His real name is Wyatt Morgan James. Wyatt Morgan for the western sound of the Earp brothers, because there were already too many Jesse and Frank James in his father's family.

So WyMan is a combination of Wyatt and Morgan. Nicknames are a really southern thing.


February 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

"Acres and Acres of Family," includes many little ones. I love this!

Family is such a comfort, Uncle Thomas. I'm sure they keep you very busy.

You didn't nominated anyone appealing, so I'll do it for you.

I nominate Thomas MacEntee, I find him very appealing.


February 14, 2008 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

John Cusack!

Nicknames are a Southern tradition. Everyone, I think, has one, even if they won't tell you what it is. I can perfectly get both Pickle and WyMan, both of those are natural choices. My son has several: Butterbean, Little Man, Bubba and Gus (one of his middle names is Augustus). My granddaughter has three: Tator (her name is Taylor), Baby Girl and Baby Squirrel. The latter is reserved for her PaPa only.

But honestly, I never would have guessed you were a grandma, fM. Is it even possible for a 29 year old to have grandchildren?

February 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

George can have my vote any day! I love their nicknames. We're not big on nick names in my family but Liz is my Wymam. It's wonderful they were able to visit and cheer you up.

I collected rocks - mostly marble from Vermont. I wonder when Mom got rid of them? For all I know they may be in one of the hundreds of boxes stored throughout her house.

February 17, 2008 at 7:57 AM  

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