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February 26, 2007, Herald Journal

Stand on your toes, downstairs

By JEN BAKKEN

Grace Smith, a resident of Delano and employee of Herald Journal, spends a lot of quality time with her two-year-old granddaughter, Jordan.

During one visit this “Grandma’s little girl” was searching the house for Grandpa and couldn’t find him anywhere.

She went from room to room before finally asking, “Grandma, where’s your friend Grandpa?”

Another cute story Grace shared with me involved an elastic band she uses for physical therapy. Jordan, the inquisitive toddler, had to ask what the band was for and how it is used.

Grandma explained to Jordan that she would have to stand on her toes to try it.

Well, next thing you know, she looks at her granddaughter’s little feet and there she stands, with one foot on top of the toes of her other foot. Jordan literally “stood on her toes.”

“Of course, we had to giggle about how cute that was. She thought she was doing exactly what I told her to do,” laughed this proud grandma.

The other day, my daughter, who is in first grade, came home from school and announced, with her arms crossed, “Math bugs me!”

Since this is, sometimes, a frustrating subject for her, I thought she was going to tell me about a difficult problem she had to solve, or something she didn’t understand.

She receives extra help from Lisa Downer, who is a basic skills tutor at Delano Elementary school, and I wondered if my daughter may have been struggling with something they were working on.

I was surprised when her next complaint was, “I have to go all the way upstairs to work on my math.”

Shaking her head, she added, “My teacher’s name is Mrs. Downer . . . her room should be downstairs.”

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.