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Cole, the Checker Master

DSC_0002, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.
He is slightly built. The possessor of a passionate personality he often thunders into conflict with his parents and with his siblings. He is a blond six-year old who still sucks two fingers and drags around a ragged blanket. His name is Cole Buxton, and he’s one of my grandsons. Last week as we visited his home, he brought out his checker board.
“Wanna play Checkers, Granny?”
“Sure, Cole.” He beat the socks off me.
Last year I wrote about his skill, and how this (then) five-year-old was taking on the whole house in Checker challenges, and how he almost beat me at that time. They were at our home during this past Thanksgiving, and I could still beat him then. Now, a month later, the little whippersnapper has drastically improved his game…flat beat his granny.
My pride insists I say he didn’t beat me every game last week in San Diego. I sneaked by him a time or two.
My honesty compels me to tell you that once when I had finished my turn, Cole, laughing, fell to the floor, saying, “Oh, Granny, that was not a good move.”
“Cole, how about telling me some secrets of the game?” The last round was over and the board would be put away.

“Nope, not going to tell you,” he concluded.

He sat by me on the couch, grinning. Tucked under his arm was what passes for a blanket. Poked in his mouth were two tiny fingers.


My devotional blog is here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Cole, the Checker Master”

This sounds a lot like my son when we are playing Connect Four. He’s so good with strategy, and sometimes after I take my turn he’ll say, “I can’t believe you did that.” Then in the next turn, he wins the game. Oh, those little strategists!


Oh what memories you have stirred in me this morning. As I was reading about your Grand-son, I could see my oldest son, blanket, thumb firmly in place, one piece P.J.s and a checker board.

Thanks for the memories;



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