The Twins and Grumbly Grumpalump

My Beloved and I are visiting our son Brian and DIL Kristi and our new twin grandsons, Alexander and Zachary.

We’re loving the time we are blessed to have with them. The twins very rarely cry during daylight hours. That’s great during the day, but not so great during the night, but thankfully there are more of us adults than there are of them so we make it work.

The twins are delightful. Each have their own distinct personality. Alexander has fair hair like his mommy, and Zachary has darker hair like his daddy.

I was holding Zachary during one of his rare fussy moments during the day, and it reminded me of when our children were like that we used to say they were getting “grungy”. So I looked down at Zachary and said, “Oh you Grungy Grumpalump” in a friendly, kidding sort of way. The word “Grumpalump” came to me just as I said the word “Grungy”.

The next thing I knew, a new children’s story began… I planned to use the title, “Grungy Grumpalump”, but double-checked what the word “grungy” meant and decided that “Grumbly” was a more accurate description of the character in my head. In that way, Grumbly Grumpalump was born.

Grumbly is a cantankerous fellow. In fact he’s mean, nasty, and grim. When he moves into the neighborhood, it’s as though a dark shadow has fallen on it. People begin to get less friendly and smile less often.

But he’s no match for little Wendy Goodlight and a pet kindness named Love.

I plan to share more about this new story on my website Clyde and Friends
at If you aren’t already following my creative adventures and misadventures at that site, I invite you to consider doing so.

With Love,

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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16 Responses to The Twins and Grumbly Grumpalump

  1. my favorite term for a crabby person is: Grumples…You call anybuddy Grumples and they have to smile at least a little bit.

    Sounds like a marvelous premise, and great teaching vehicle for young and old, Russ T. Hope you and the Missus are enjoying your twin blessings…:)

  2. ^^^…can you please fix the typo up there..

  3. I like that saying Grumbly Grumpalump it has a nice ring to it and bet it will be turned into a great story

  4. bulldog says:

    I love that you’re with the grand kids and from them a new character… wonderful…

  5. How very exciting!!! New babies AND a new story ♥ Congrats on both! paula

  6. lexiesnana says:

    I think that would make a great story. It made me laugh!

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