Tuesdays with Jack: a grandmother's love and a little boy's brilliance by Pauline DanielTuesdays with Jack: a grandmother's love and a little boy's brilliance by Pauline Daniel

Tuesdays with Jack: a grandmother's love and a little boy's brilliance

byPauline Daniel

Mass Market Paperback | May 15, 2018

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Tuesdays with Jack is a heartwarming memoir of introspection and observation, a humorous look into a family with the kind of enchanting moments and unflinching devotion, blended with mess and exhaustion, that we can all relate to.

Jack’s batteries are running out in his head. But only for songs. Through the inventive eyes of this little boy and his grandmother, we are given insight into their world together, with the fun and wonderment of two lives that are full of beautiful instants, floppy bits, and intimate scenes that make your heart stop.

This is the story of Buba and Jack making whipped cream and making magic, a captivating chronicle permeated by the kind of intense love that can only be given by a grandmother.

Pauline Daniel loves being a grandmother. She describes herself as a Baby Boomer Buba and like most things of her generation-it's big in her life. This book began as a Facebook post every Tuesday after spending the day with her grandson, Jack. Tuesdays have been their day since he was a baby. When he started talking, he came out with t...
Title:Tuesdays with Jack: a grandmother's love and a little boy's brillianceFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:136 pagesPublished:May 15, 2018Publisher:Granville Island Publishing LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926991826

ISBN - 13:9781926991825

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Table of Contents


Leslie Gibbons — ix



Becoming Buba — xi


Jack and Buba

Gymnastics class — 3

What’s that floppy bit? — 6

You look old — 9


Women Make It Happen

My favourite buba — 13

Always busy — 15

Mum will know — 18

It’s all your fault — 21


High-Tech Tools, Low-Tech Buba

Not your buba’s stroller — 27

Don’t press anything — 31

Siri — 33


Bittersweet Guilt

Doing it differently — 37

My Christmas tree looks different — 41

Jack’s accident — 44


Power of Play

Imagination — 49

The magic of make-believe — 55

The hard part — 59


Brilliant Little Being

Darndest things — 65

The stories we tell ourselves — 71

Becoming super — 74

Laughter — 80



Listen and learn — 91

Wah, wah, wah — 94

Who’s teaching whom? — 97



How to leave a legacy — 103

What Buba’s house smells like — 106

Portrait in purple — 108

Gingerbread cookies — 110

The wonder of it all — 114



The things that last — 117

Editorial Reviews

As new parents, we’re inevitably advised to record the funny actions and observations made by our children. “Or you’ll be sure to forget!” The chaos of the busy days indeed steals those moments from us. Pauline Daniel is a savvy Grandmother who has learned not only to record her grandson Jack’s little moments but to share them too. Those little gems grew into regular Facebook posts and now into Tuesdays with Jack, a memoir of the time spent with her young grandson on their standing Tuesday date during his pre-school years. Her observations are not only about Jack and his wisdom but also about her own personal transitions and the things Jack has helped her notice about her life. It is an honest and heartfelt account.As a modern-day grandmother (or a Baby Boomer Buba as Pauline thinks of herself) she Facebooks, Facetimes, is an entrepreneur, wears hoodies and does Cross Fit. She may not spend the majority of her time in the kitchen but she and Jack do embrace play there and literally whip up some special new traditions. Traditions, new and old, thread through Daniel’s writing but mostly, a Grandmother’s newfound patience, mindfulness, and joy in just ‘being’ in the moment comes to the forefront.Lest this all sound knee deep in inward reflection, please know you will laugh out loud (as Buba does) while wee Jack delivers one innocent blow after another: ‘ “How strong are your muscles, Buba?” I proudly flex my bicep. “What’s that floppy bit?” ‘ or  ‘ “This is your fault Buba.” “What’s my fault?” “Everything!” ‘Phyllis Diller is said to have declared on her way to the delivery room that she was having a child just so she could become a grandmother. If you’re a modern Gran, like Pauline, or a parent looking forward to Grand-hood, you will enjoy the simple pleasures of this quick and poignant read. It’s a great gift for a new Grandparent as well.Enjoy!—Susan Matheson, author of Bedside Table Books blog Magic for sure. Golden everlasting magic. I love how his mind works and I want to see the nimbus. I suspect you are not the only one that adores Jack. It seems we all do. He is quite remarkable.—Deirdre Wallace, Relationship therapist and teacher in UK Daniel discovered she was spending “quality time” with Jack in a way that she hadn’t done with her son. Freed from the anxiety of constant parenting, she felt as if her appreciation of precious moments was heightened . . .Of course, there are billions of grandmothers—and probably more than a few grandfathers—who might have considered (writing) a similar memoir. But, as Daniel will be the first to tell you, there is only one Jack.The result is a nice little book, modest but true, by an observant grandmother who happens to live in the Kootenays.—Alan Twigg, BC Bookworld