It is late in the afternoon. The curtains are billowing in the breeze. My mom winds up her chores and settles down on the couch with her afternoon mug of coffee.
She smiles in anticipation, as she awaits the arrival of her youngest grandson, my nephew.
Soon, the door bell rings. My five year old nephew walks in, hugs me and then runs to hug his grandma.
The aroma of love wafts around the house.
My nephew has brought a plastic bag. He pulls out a box from within, and then informs my mom,
“Grandma, today we are going to play chess. I have brought my chess board.”
My mom: Sure, sweetie.
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They clear the coffee table, and sit down on either side. My nephew arranges all the pieces carefully. As he arranges them, he quizzes his opponent to see if she can identify the various pieces, and identify which way they can move.
My mom passes the test.
My nephew: Grandma, I will take the white pieces and will start first.
The game progressss, my mom taking her time, my nephew, impatient. He knocks off a few pieces from the board and whoops in joy.
And then his queen is at the wrong place at the wrong time. My mom grabs the opportunity and knocks down his queen.
And then the rules of the game change, and how! My nephew cannot accept that his queen is not around.
He looks at his Grandma and says sweetly, “Let us go back a few moves ok? Let’s bring my queen back.”
My mom says, “No, that’s not fair.”
Nephew: No Grandma, it’s okay.
And this is how the game progresses. My shoulders shake in mirth. My mom’s pieces are watching the game from outside the board, while my nephew keeps bringing back his queen and his rooks, and other pieces. My mom indulges him.
The game finally comes to an end with a loud checkmate. My nephew announces grandly, “Grandma, I won.”
He then walks over to her and sits on her lap, reveling in all the love and the cuddly hugs. She asks him if he wants cookies.
And as my mom heads to the kitchen, my nephew carefully packs his chess pieces and puts them back into the bag!
I watch this truly special bond between grandma and grandson.
A love that lurks in black knights, pawns and rooks, who gave up their cause for the love of a grandma for her grandson.