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    Exhaustion, perspective, and GRAND Social No. 67

    Our kids regularly put things in perspective for us. That doesn't change once the nest empties out, I was reminded once again yesterday.

    I spent nearly all day Saturday in my yard pulling weeds. We have a large back yard and the recent downpours rains left us with an equally large number of weeds. So I tugged and pulled alongside Jim, ridding our yard of the unwelcome weeds. It wore me out. It wore us both out. Saturday evening, Jim and I moaned and groaned about our sore bodies and sheer exhaustion following our marathon weed pulling session.

    Then, Sunday morning, our youngest daughter put our marathon complaints in perspective — by running a marathon herself. A real marathon. Well, a half-marathon, to be precise, but that's 13.1 miles of running. Non-stop. Finishing in just a bit over two hours.

    Heart and Sole 

    Now that would be exhausting. And that would leave one's body sore. And that is something you'd never, ever catch me even attempting. Which makes me doubly proud of my Andie — and grateful her boyfriend, Matt, shared photos of her accomplishment.

    Yes, there are far more exhausting things than pulling weeds. (Though I'm still quite proud of what Jim and I accomplished... despite it taking us far longer than two hours to accomplish it.)

    Nowhere near as exhausting as running or weeding is the GRAND Social! Thank you for joining me. Let's socialize!

    link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue button marked with "Add your link" below and follow the directions.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites, please.
    • Adding a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:


    <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky is open for new posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.

    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Bloggers who link up would be honored to have one and all — other bloggers as well as readers — visit, read and, if so moved, comment, even if just a "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social."

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    Reader Comments (11)

    That is some marathon! Congrats to your lovely daughter!

    And to you, you Weedless WonderWoman, you ! :)

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebra @ homespun

    I'm truly impressed by both exhausting accomplishments! My lazy butt was in the A/C all weekend.

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Thank you for the social, Lisa! Hope you have a great week! :)

    Love, Joy

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy @ Yesterfoodj

    Congratulations to your daughter -
    and to you!

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

    I know the pride in your heart. She is so beautiful and full of health. Congrats. Thanks for hosting.

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQMM

    I'll leave the marathon running to the youngsters!! Congrats to your daughter -- her smile says it all! But you have reminded me that there are a bunch of weeds that have appeared in our ground cover after some recent rains! Bleh.

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    Weeds are much laundry and dirty dishes -- they're never really done! Congrats to Andie and to both of you on a job well done! Thanks for hosting us.

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    My hat's off to your daughter and all runners. My son was on the cross-country team in high school. Always proud of him.

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Covin

    Congratulations to her! My daughter just finished a marathon in Alaska and beat her previous time by about 4 minutes or so! I'm so impressed. Isn't youth great?

    August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    How beautiful and young Andrea looks! If anyone ever sees me running for over two hours, they had better run too because there would be a long-winded bear close behind me.

    August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Here is a blog for grandparents interested in reading to and with their grandchildren. Your influence can be life-changing. Use the opportunities you have to encourage and model reading. As you do this, you will discover the relationship you have with your grandchildren will grow stronger and stronger.

    September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeffery Warren Scott
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