This was a good week. Our eldest granddaughter phoned to see how grandpa was doing. I was glad to say I was enjoying my job.

We're talking about a pre-teen here. She is half a year away from officially being a teenager.

Yes, indeed, that is an evolution into maturity of a human being that is most celebrated, confusing, complicated, that carries a mixture of rebellion and complex misunderstandings. Yet, our beautiful pre-teen still wants to spend time with her grandparents.

I would say without hesitation that it is a blessing that cannot be disguised. The conversation went something like this: "Hello, Grandpa, how are you doing?"

"I'm doing good and how has school been?" I repsonded.

"Fine. Is it OK if I spend the night, Grandpa?"

"Let me ask Grandma, to make sure we don't have any plans. Nope, Grandma says that we have no special plans."

Claudia loves to play basketball and we usually enjoy shooting hoops with the new basketball that I bought. Sometimes there are more players. If the 3-year-olds are with us, we put up a temporary safety fence to discourage the 3-year-olds from running into the street to keep the basketball in check.

My wife and I usually attend the Saturday service, but Claudia wanted to wait and attend the early morning service. I convinced her to attend the evening service to listen to the bilingual choir. It turned out to be a pleasant experience and we came away with a happy feeling.

We had already had an early dinner and we had rented "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "The Seeker" on DVD. Claudia bought some snacks for our private viewing with her allowance money. It was hard to say no to her thoughtfulness and generosity.

Most parents know how difficult it is to find good movies to view with your children. Both of these movies are rated PG and worth viewing. Honestly, I recommend them. The second movie is worth discussing with your children on whatever level they are prepared to understand.

Alvin is a fun movie with singing chipmunks and "The Seeker" is more intense with a feelgood story and a positive message about finding your inner strength or faith. I must be truthful and confess that I went to sleep during the second movie. It was after midnight and I guess I was more tired than I realized.

Claudia was so sweet and understanding beyond her years. She gently woke me from the nodding out on the sofa and said: "We can finish seeing this movie tomorrow, Grandpa. You better go to your room and go to sleep." No argument from me. We ended up seeing the rest of the movie on Sunday morning and yes it was good.

We attended a family graduation party that afternoon. Grandma and I got to see the rest of our grandkids and other family members.

It is always fun to have gatherings, especially with great food. Oh yeah, the catch-up conversations with family and friends is also great.

Joe-Santos Medina is a resident of Robstown. Readers may contact him via email at