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UlaG & Me... on the ferry, after picking her her up at SeaTac coming home from Myanmar last year.

UlaG & Me… on the ferry, after picking her up at SeaTac Airport, coming home from Myanmar last year.

Some gifts cannot be bought… this is one of those.  I have been encouraging my granddaughter to write some stories for TedBook.  She is taking a creative writing class at school and I think is a clever writer.  She is a lucky girl, as she has traveled the globe with her parents since she was a baby… every year.  They always take a trip in January and get home in February… It is cold here and they go to warm places.  I pick them up at the airport, quite a sight in their shorts and flip-flops, and return them to Friday Harbor.  Last year they trekked through Myanmar for six weeks.  She promised to write a story about the children there, complete with photos she took… I’m holding her to it.  Hopefully this will be a start to more stories from the pen of UlaG.

15 responses

  1. Oh Ted! She is a jewel! Just like her Grampa!! Thank you for sharing with us!!! Jaime

  2. I look forward to reading your granddaughter’s stories, too! I think it’s great that she’s been afforded the opportunity to travel. 🙂

  3. I’m encouraging my babysitter’s daughter to write. You just can’t have enough good writers in the world! 🙂

  4. wonderful words, ula. what a gift your grandfather has given you )

  5. Beautiful, Ted — what she wrote, and how you’re encouraging her to be a writer. Big smile on my face right now. 🙂

  6. How beautiful Ted, it almost brought a tear to my eye! You should be very proud!!!

  7. This is really good writing–for anyone, but it’s truly great from a young mind. Good on you, Ted, for encouraging her. She sounds like an amazing kid, and it’s clear how much she respects you. The photo of the two of you is awesome. It’s the same face–just on two different people. So sweet.

  8. Wow. Ted, you need to let Ula know that she is very talented (as if you haven’t already). 🙂 This is such a beautifully composed piece with such gorgeous imagery. I felt like I was right there with her.

    And what a great picture of the two of you. I had the same kind of bond with my maternal grandmother. 🙂

  9. That is a wonderful story, UlaG! I love the bit about the stuffed animals on the couch.

    Congratulations, Ted. And that is a lovely, lovely photo as well.

  10. This is so awesome – her writing is great, so vivid and engaging. And the connection between you is tangible. Excellent!

  11. That was a lovely write by your granddaughter! Good for you for encouraging her… I hope she does continue with writing.

  12. Great piece here, Ted; I’m so glad you encourage UlaG and she enjoys it too. The relationship between Grandpa and Grand-daughter can be so special – I can tell you both treasure it.

  13. walking in grand dads foot steps way to go, she is going to be a great writer and bless u tedster for helping her along the way

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