About Grandma

It was a dark and stormy night when Tina was born.

The call came about 1:30 a.m. Maria had gone into labor, but didn’t think I needed to come right away. RIGHT! Richard packed me a snack and I left in a blinding January blizzard.

My original plan to drive on the right side of the highway (a plan probably shared by many drivers here in the West) quickly gave way to Plan B—stay between the ditches. Under 10 miles an hour and sometimes under 5, eyes straining to see even a foot in front of the car, on guard for slanting pavement that would indicate I was inches from either ditch . . . I crawled.

The storm abated as I approached the city, and I arrived at the hospital well before Tina made her entrance.

How can I describe the joy of holding my featherweight, peaceful, already very much loved baby granddaughter minutes after her arrival?

Her cousin Tommy entered the world in fine weather, but with hospital drama worthy of at least a modest soap opera episode.

Tommy’s ten now and Tina’s turning eleven. I have many stories to share with you about these fascinating, very funny, kind, profound and occasionally “challenging” grandchildren. I think you’ll find some of the posts amusing, like “Engineer” and “The Man Who Walks Alone.” I hope others, such as “Even a Child”, “I’m Scared” and “I Share Tina,” will inspire you.

On April 13, 2015, two-year-old May became the youngest member of George and Lisa’s family. May’s foster mom, Tricia, began visiting May in the hospital when she was a premie, and the two developed a strong bond. Now May, absolutely secure in Tricia’s love, has settled in very nicely with her new mom and dad, and big brother Tommy.

And then came tiny Rosa–baby sister to Tommy and May–heralded by my very first effort at premie poetry.

Tina and her mom flew down east to pick up Eliana in the summer of 2016. Birth sister to May, this little one is an answer to Tina’s and Maria’s prayers for another child to join their family.

Now I have a website with picture books inspired by Tommy and Tina. Scissortown is pure fantasy . . . no, not quite. Tommy’s and Tina’s real personalities shine through this tale of Neat and Tidyland, disrupted by Slicers and Dicers who wreak havoc until–

Who to the rescue but the cousins?


Marie and Mr. Bee is the tale of a happy little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods, working and playing with her forest friends . . . until a not-so-busy bee entices her to neglect her work! Compassion, forgiveness, and a forever friendship follow.


Scissortown is available in paperback and as an enhanced e-book with audio narration and word-by-word highlighting. The highlighting can be useful for children who are learning to read. Scissortown and Marie and Mr. Bee are the only children’s books for children that I know with a choice of faith-based or secular applications at the very end.

Coming soon–what does an enterprising little rabbit do when he finds the library closed for inventory? Little Rabbit’s Own Storybook, a celebration of initiative, creativity and all things bookish, is due to release in late 2016.


Please come for a visit! http://www.grandmasbookshelf.net/


15 responses to “About Grandma

  1. Thank you, Trish. I love writing these stories. This is such a precious time–and so short!

  2. Love your stories ,and only wish I had done the same with my grandkids..I am a 2 finger typer and a new computer operator…So thats my excuse..

  3. You don’t need an excuse! You are making memories with your grandkids in other ways, like your sleepovers. And if you spent as much time writing as I do, who would bake those delicious buns and fruitcake? (Note to readers: my husband says Mary’s dark fruitckae is the best he’s tasted in YEARS!)

  4. Great! I’m looking forward to having grandchildren in the future. It always delights me to see grandparents with their grandchildren 🙂

  5. Patricia Ferguson

    beautiful Margaret Thankyou so much. I loved your story and Tina’s arrival and May coming to you and then Rosa’s miracle birth. Thankyou so much. Love it.

  6. My grandchildren are grown up and busy at University, College and last year at school. I try to visit them when I can but it isn’t the same now. I like the covers of your books – bright and easy to understand. My stories for children are included in my book “Dog Tales & Other Gems’. My WordPress blog is quite new and I’m still trying to learn more about it e.g. How to get my photo in the thumbnail instead of the symbol. Thanks for your ‘like and I shall look you up on Facebook etc.

    • “It isn’t the same now.” I realize it will never be the same, which is why I’m trying to make the most of my time with family now–and I strongly suspect you did so as well!
      But now you have more time for writing, and I expect to have more time one day as well.”To everything there is a season . . . .” and I am to rejoice in every season’s gifts.

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