It was suggested to me after a grave illness last year that to allay my pangs of loneliness, I volunteer; and when I learned it could be with young children, I thought that might just be what I needed. What a gift it has been! I’ve always loved little kids, and having ten or twenty of them at once is totally different and absolutely magical. I know a thousand stories, songs and poems, and by gosh they like them all. They have favorites they ask for and I always oblige. Every time they call me “grandpa”, it lifts my heart. It’s like having a house full of beloved grandchildren all at their most beguiling age. Their gift to me is so much greater than any I could give them.
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