100% Sheer Determination

04 Apr

Twenty months old, 32 pounds, 36 inches tall and full of sheer determination. My grandson loves to be outside so yesterday after church things had warmed up enough that my daughter dressed him up to go outside.

We put a couple of lawn chairs on the paved driveway in the sun and brought out some toys for my grandson to play with outside. As we sat in our chairs, she read and I knitted as he walked up and down the driveway pushing his toy lawnmower through the mud and puddles.

Things were going well for quite a while until he discovered Grandpa’s snowmobile and wanted a ride. He came over to my chair, pulled me up and out of the chair, marched us over to the snowmobile, pulled himself up on it and wanted me to take him for a ride.

I can drive a snowmobile but I am not great in the starting it department. I can start it once it has been started for the first time for the day but pull starting it is not my strong suit. I told my daughter to go inside and get Grandpa to take him for a ride. He did not want to get off the snowmobile.

Grandpa came out and drove him around the yard and along the shore of the lake for about 20 minutes and then they came back to the house. He was okay with taking a break for about 20 minutes and then he wanted to go again.

We told him we were done for the day but he crawled up a 8 foot high snow bank from plowing that the snowmobiling was perched on. Then he grabbed hold of the rubber mat on the back of the snowmobile and pulled himself to standing next to the snowmobile. Next he reached across the seat of the snowmobile and pulled himself on the seat and then finally into place for riding. I can’t believe his upper body strength at his age.

He knows that you need to pull the yellow handle to start the snowmobile and tried his hardest to start it. No luck…Then he started hollering for Grandpa for a ride in his twenty-month-old gibberish. We didn’t need the words to know what he wanted. A picture is worth a thousand words or more sometimes.


Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Family, Grandparenting, Life Happens


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10 responses to “100% Sheer Determination

  1. 36x37

    April 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Aw. What a spunky, adorable little guy! Sounds like he’s making the most of the snow. Kids have such a talent for that. Enjoy your time together!

  2. Jeanne

    April 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Definitely a spunky guy that knows exactly what he wants even if he can’t get the words out to tell you. He takes matters into his own hands often.

  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    April 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Your grandson is a darling! What a boy! I’m sure he enjoyed his day with a grandfather willing to take him for a 20-minute ride on the snowmobile. Blessings to you, Jeanne…

    • flyinggma

      April 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      It was a wonderful afternoon watching him explore our yard and riding the snowmobile. Last winter he was too young to do either.

  4. writerwoman61

    April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    What a cutie…I’m sure that determination will come in handy later on…


    • flyinggma

      April 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      I’m sure he will accomplish many things if his determination to do everything himself continues as he grows.

  5. nrhatch

    April 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Sweet! Glad Dean had a chance to take him for a ride.

    Knitting and reading amid 8 ft. snowbanks? You gals are hardy sorts. 😀

    one quick fix: marched over to the lawnmower and pulled himself up on it and wanted me to take him for a ride. ~ snowmobile

    • flyinggma

      April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks for the heads up on the blog. I obviously didn’t check things over well before I posted. Hope you have had a great day. We have been super busy and will be short two employees for the next week and one other is struggling with a back injury. Thanks again, Jeanne

  6. pearlsandprose

    April 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    What a cutie pie! I can’t believe you still have enough snow to ride a snowmobile!

    • flyinggma

      April 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Sunday was probably our last day for riding the snowmobile. The lake still has a foot of ice on it so we could ride on it and our yard is almost fully shaded so our snow takes longer to melt than in some other places.

      I noticed yesterday as I drove to work that the farm fields in our area are almost all clear of snow except the shaded areas.


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