It’s a privilege and a pleasure, even if it’s not always pleasurable, my husband said about the request. Our kids asked us to babysit for a spell while they enjoy a much-needed vacation. We’ve gone from the sidelines to frontlines of kiddie-care.
Whew. If I was an older mother of young children – I am an older grandma of young grandchildren. Spills, squeals, dirt, tears . . . laundry; some things don’t change. But what is more precious are the cuddles and conversations. Grandkids give super hugs! And the conversations are terrific.
My oldest granddaughter said she had a had time imagining what I looked like when I was little. She then asked how long papa and I have been married. When I told her forty years this July, God willing, she asked if I were little when I got married.
It is a distinct honor to be asked to care for these little beings – and it has reinforced the truth that parenting is hard work – better entrusted to the young. I may have a bit more understanding about little kids’ foibles – but not enough endurance.
I salute all the grandparents who have stepped in and helped raise their children’s children for the long haul, not just vacations.
· My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. . . I don't intentionally spoil my grandkids. It's just that correcting them often takes more energy than I have left. ~Gene Perret
· A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance. ~Author Unknown