Your Life: At any age, it feels good to give

Charlotte Lankard: A granddaughter discovers the gift of giving.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Published: March 25, 2014
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Emily Lueb is 10 years old and the granddaughter of my friend Jan Greene, known as GranJan to Emily and her older brother, Ben.

GranJan believes in taking grandchildren on trips. For Christmas this year, GranJan gave Emily a mystery trip. Every day Emily could ask two questions with yes or no answers that would give her clues as to where it might be. In Oklahoma? More than 1,000 miles? Go by air, rail or car?

When traveling, they have a ritual when arriving at the hotel.

First, the kids get Dr Peppers and a bucket of ice and second, unpack suitcases. Only then do they take off on the first adventure.

When Emily and GranJan arrived at the hotel in Florida their first day, Emily volunteered to go for the ice and sodas. GranJan noticed, however, that she was gone an unusually long time. When Emily finally returned, GranJan said they could skip the unpacking this time because it was getting late. But Emily, to her surprise, said no, she’d rather unpack and was in no hurry — and then there was a knock on the door.

It was a surprise for GranJan — a bowl of ice cream as a thank-you for her mystery trip.

Seems when Emily went out for ice and sodas that first afternoon, she also took a trip downstairs to the lobby and told hotel employees about her GranJan’s gift of a mystery trip to her and that while she was there, she wanted to give her grandmother three surprises a day — and she’d brought $40 of her own money to pay for them.