Updated on Wednesday:
Snow days mean different things to students. If it is
unexpected, it means a short time off from school. If it is most of
January, they are saying, “Not again.”
I didn’t expect that it would have an impact on my life
until one day there was a knock at my door and four smiling faces looked
in at me. Levi, Sally, Philine and Ellie (Stump) had come to “keep me
I always have baking supplies, so I said, “Oh, good, we
can make cookies,” but no, they let me know that they wanted to play
with the “Grandpa” blocks. These are wood scraps of different sizes that
my Dad (George Rampp) had sanded to make blocks for his grandchildren.
Their Grandma Hope had contributed many spools of different colors and
sizes. These are all kept in a 24-inch drum in the living room to be
available for visiting children. Then, they brought out the Lincoln
Logs, Alphabet blocks, dominoes, marbles, an old toy store, animals and
Soon, the floor was covered with different small
buildings . . . a log cabin restaurant, with spool tables and seats,
complete with small toy soldiers as customers. The food was tiny blocks
of different colors. They used the store as the basis for a hotel, with
beds on the balcony. There was a corral of small spools for the animals.
Then, they discovered a huge bucket of Legos. This led to skyscrapers,
with windows, fans, swimming pools and diving boards.
The construction crew moved upstairs to play with Aunt
Sarah’s doll house, also made by Grandpa. They organized families and
rearranged furniture for another hour. The grandma had her room on the
top floor, with a spinning wheel, braided rug and old time phone. While
down on the floor, they discovered that the cavernous space under the
high bed made a great hiding place.
I was pleasantly surprised that they could exist without
electronic devices for four hours, but the best surprise was that they
came back an hour later to play with Legos again. Levi made time
machines and the girls made a pet house, with bird perches, and a people
house, and the people are living in a school bus! This was after a
snowball fight, and coming into
the house soaked to
I love being a grandmother!
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