JP is our youngest grandson who turned five in September. He and his mom and dad lived with us while they were building their house a year ago. Though they’ve moved into their new house now, we still get to pick him up from preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays and spend the afternoon with him. Next year he’ll be in kindergarten all day. He’s so full of fun and remarkably wise for his years!
Last week and this week we have him everyday after school and on Fridays because the other grandparents are vacationing in Hawaii. We love Hawaii, too, and JP and his parents went to Maui on vacation with us earlier this year. He’s just been mesmerized with all things Hawaiian and loves to listen to a CD of famous Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It’s called Facing Future and you may think you don’t know him because he recorded mostly traditional Hawaiian music. But I bet you’ve heard his very popular rendition of Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, his lovely voice backed by only a ukulele, that was used in more than one television commercial!
One of the songs JP likes best is about the history of the islands and how IZ sings that the king and queen would be disappointed to see what has become of their people and their islands over the years. My grandson takes this to heart and loves to talk about it.
JP: Nana, are the king and queen of Hawaii dead?
Me: Well, yes, that was a long time ago. Now Hawaii is a state in the United States, just like Illinois.
Me: We don’t have a king and queen, do we?
JP: Yes, we do. My dad is the king and my mom is the queen and I’m the boy prince! But you can just call me the prince.
(His daddy calls him boy prince teasingly, but he does have an AWFUL LOT of toys! And four very doting grandparents…)