No Spring Chickens Clue #3
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Clue #3: Leave No Stone Unturned
We chose the theme of “Every Child Matters” for our stones. We each created our own feather to represent this in our own way. We are all grandmothers in our group of “No spring Chickens” and we hold our “little chickees” close to our hearts. We want them to grow up knowing how much they are loved.
We are pictured perched on and around a giant rock in one of our members backyards.
From left to right there is: Fiona Ballantyne, Teresa Lowe-Hodges, Andrea Nelson and Mairi Beaven.

The following is an explanation of each of our stones.
Teresa: Our theme is Every Child Matters. Grandparents play an important part in the development of a child’s self-esteem and identity. For myself and for my children, our grandparents lived far away and were not often seen. It was important to me to break that cycle and to be involved in the lives of my grandkids. I chose my (so far) only grandchild for my special person because I want her to know that she matters to me.
Fiona: My stone is for two very special people in my life. My granddaughters, Amelia and Lauren. The word on my stone is STRENGTH. At thirteen my granddaughters are strong, independent young women who care about others, who care about the environment and give back to their community by giving of their time. Since they were very young, they haven’t asked for gifts for their birthday but asked each child to bring a toonie and then they donate that money to the hospital where they were born. At Christmas one of their favourite gifts to give their friends is a donation in their name to the charity, Because I am a Girl. I am so proud of them so my stone will go into their garden for them to find.
Mairi: Adventure: A stirring or thrilling experience. I chose to write adventure on my rock because I am leaving for one on June 14th. I am flying to Scotland which is the birthplace of my mother. My mother was a war bride who came to Canada in 1946. What an adventure that was for her. I am taking some of her ashes back to Scotland to spread in the family grave. She will have come full circle. I am hiding my stone in the garden for my grandchildren to find and I hope that they have many adventures in their lives also.
Andrea: I was fortunate to grow up in a loving, caring family where I felt secure. As a result, I could be me. Many children don’t experience growing up where they feel they can be their true selves. I have seven grandchildren who are each unique in their own way. I wrote, BE YOU on my stone. I hope as they grow they continue to embrace what is unique and original about themselves. My grandchildren are going to be all together at my house this summer so I am hiding my stone for them to find. They are my special people.



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Submission part of the WISH challenge for WI's 125th anniversary.
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Jun 2022
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.16682 Longitude: -77.99951
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Andrea Nelson
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No Spring Chickens Clue #3


Clue #3: Leave No Stone Unturned
We chose the theme of “Every Child Matters” for our stones. We each created our own feather to represent this in our own way. We are all grandmothers in our group of “No spring Chickens” and we hold our “little chickees” close to our hearts. We want them to grow up knowing how much they are loved.
We are pictured perched on and around a giant rock in one of our members backyards.
From left to right there is: Fiona Ballantyne, Teresa Lowe-Hodges, Andrea Nelson and Mairi Beaven.

The following is an explanation of each of our stones.
Teresa: Our theme is Every Child Matters. Grandparents play an important part in the development of a child’s self-esteem and identity. For myself and for my children, our grandparents lived far away and were not often seen. It was important to me to break that cycle and to be involved in the lives of my grandkids. I chose my (so far) only grandchild for my special person because I want her to know that she matters to me.
Fiona: My stone is for two very special people in my life. My granddaughters, Amelia and Lauren. The word on my stone is STRENGTH. At thirteen my granddaughters are strong, independent young women who care about others, who care about the environment and give back to their community by giving of their time. Since they were very young, they haven’t asked for gifts for their birthday but asked each child to bring a toonie and then they donate that money to the hospital where they were born. At Christmas one of their favourite gifts to give their friends is a donation in their name to the charity, Because I am a Girl. I am so proud of them so my stone will go into their garden for them to find.
Mairi: Adventure: A stirring or thrilling experience. I chose to write adventure on my rock because I am leaving for one on June 14th. I am flying to Scotland which is the birthplace of my mother. My mother was a war bride who came to Canada in 1946. What an adventure that was for her. I am taking some of her ashes back to Scotland to spread in the family grave. She will have come full circle. I am hiding my stone in the garden for my grandchildren to find and I hope that they have many adventures in their lives also.
Andrea: I was fortunate to grow up in a loving, caring family where I felt secure. As a result, I could be me. Many children don’t experience growing up where they feel they can be their true selves. I have seven grandchildren who are each unique in their own way. I wrote, BE YOU on my stone. I hope as they grow they continue to embrace what is unique and original about themselves. My grandchildren are going to be all together at my house this summer so I am hiding my stone for them to find. They are my special people.