The First Hundred

...in the light of eternity. "Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest." Wilson Mizner

Monday, November 21, 2005

Grandparent Privileges



Grandparenting is different than parenting. That's apparent.

This weekend we celebrated Josiah's first birthday with a Scooby-Doo cake, because Clifford would have involved massive amounts of red dye. Chocolate was a much better choice, don't you think? Hmmmmm....... This got me thinking about choices; things we do or don't do, depending on whether we are the parents or the grandparents. The other thing that made me start thinking about this was the little sock I found under the covers when I made my bed on Sunday morning...

Things I can do as a grandparent that I couldn't always do as a parent:

I can rock a colicky baby without feeling as if every nerve in my body is frayed.
I can remain tender-hearted through the crying.
I can volunteer, or not, to change the poopy diapers.
I can try, but not too hard, to hide my giggle when a grandson mimics my finger wag and "No, no!".
I can take the time, even when I'm busy, to pick up a little one who says, "Up, p'ease!".
I can allow a grandson to sleep, sprawled sideways, between Papi and me when he's visiting and awakens at 3am.

And I think it's safe to expect this list to grow, right along with the grandkids.

1 Comments:

  • At 11/22/2005 1:09 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    How very sweet. My kids are ages 15 and 17. I will enjoy being a grandmother some day. I still thoroughly enjoy my kids, so I know I will be NUTS over my grandkids.

     

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