Adoption Stories: Woman Happy to Be Adopted Grandma

Readers share stories of how adoption has touched their lives.

| September/October 2011

  • Grandma and grandson Banks

  • Grandma and grandson

My sons never had children, so I never had grandchildren. Then one day I had three little visitors, and the youngest one – a little boy named Nick – made me the best proposition ever.

Kids say the darnedest things

While Nick and his two older sisters were visiting that day, one of his sisters asked if I had any grandchildren. When I said I didn’t, Nick, who was 4 years old at the time, spoke right up and said, “You can be my grandma!”

He adopted me right then and there, and that’s how I became a grandma. Since that day, Nick and I have been as close as any grandmother and grandson I’ve known.

Fun at Grandma’s

When he was little, Nick spent a lot of time with me. He loved to come over and eat cookies and play games. We often played the card game “War” when he was younger. Then, when he got a little older, I taught him to play “Rummy.”

During the school year, he would ask me to help him with his school work. We shared a lot of stories, and soon we became great friends.

As a youngster, Nick liked to help me with small tasks around the house and yard. One day, I was pulling weeds from my flower garden, and the ground was hard and dry. The weeds were difficult to pull, so I decided to wet the ground a little with the garden hose. Soon the area was muddy, so Nick and I took off our shoes to work.

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