Tom Sorensen and his granddaughter, Charlotte, at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Tom tried to pick what Charlotte calls him. She said no dice. Photo courtesy Tom Sorensen
Tom Sorensen and his granddaughter, Charlotte, at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Tom tried to pick what Charlotte calls him. She said no dice. Photo courtesy Tom Sorensen

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How great is being a grandparent? Here’s a story to explain

By Tom Sorensen

Correspondent

May 24, 2017 9:32 AM

I’m hanging out with my 2-year-old granddaughter this week. My son asked me what I wanted her to call me, and I said T. But it’s not my call, and it’s not his. I’m Nampa.

Had to take a break writing this column because she initiated a game of hide and go seek. I had a minute to play with her. I needed 20 before I could seek my laptop and go back to work.

I don’t claim my relationship with my granddaughter is any different than the relationship any of you have with any of yours. It’s just – well, it’s like this.

When she was younger, we went to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner, and she began to get bored and fidgety the way kids do. The noise wasn’t fair to the diners around us, of course, so we took turns taking her outside.

When it was my turn (finally) I put her in her stroller and drove her to the lobby. We stopped at an indoor pond with lights flashing across the water.

A guy about my age was walking by. He saw us and paused and asked, “What’s being a grandfather like?”

I didn’t know what to say. While I waited for the right words to come, I smiled.

“That good?” he asked.

“That good.”

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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