How do you know if your kids are doing a good job in raising your grandchildren? Keep ’em for a weekend!
Let me explain how this one played out.
One of my sons and his wife are trying to get their house ready for sale and pack in preparation for their upcoming move so they asked us if we’d keep Luke, 7, Josh, 4, and Clara,2, for the weekend. Remembering what it was like trying to cleanup or get ready for a move while we were raising four ourselves, (impossible) we quickly agreed. Needless to say we had an action-packed weekend here at the farm even though it rained off and on the whole time. In fact, first thing Saturday morning I took them all out to help me move the cattle to the Northwest pasture. As soon as we got the herd to the gate the bottom dropped out of the sky and we ran back totally drenched. Great start to our adventures.
Luke likes to hang out with our older son so that kept him occupied most of the weekend; but Josh and Clara, now that’s another story!
Clara kept my wife busy while Josh wanted non-stop tractor, boat and ‘Bota (Kubota side by side) rides, rain or shine! And I was glad to oblige him rain or shine too after the drought we’ve been having. We managed to get them sufficiently tired out Saturday so they gladly went to bed without protest but they were all up early Sunday morning like baby birds in their nest expecting breakfast to be served.
My wife, having gotten up a few times during the night on “Proactive bed linen missions”, was want to sleep in a bit Sunday morning so I decided to try the breakfast chores myself. I fixed them cereal, orange juice, and jellied muffins and got them seated at the breakfast table while I went back to making coffee and some other sundry chores; I can’t remember what exactly.
While I was busying myself in the kitchen it seemed to be quieter than normal at the table save for Josh trying to get my attention a few times, but my “Senior ears” just weren’t cooperating. Finally, he did get my attention and I noticed that neither he nor Clara had even taken a bite of the breakfast they had been clamoring for just a few minutes ago. Then I finally understood what Josh was trying to say: “You forgot to pray, Papa”!
Wow, my heart leaped in that minute. I quickly laid my hands on both of their little heads and prayed thanking God for them, their parents and for the food they were so eager to put away. No sooner than I said “Amen” and they were stuffing their little faces with breakfast!
Later that day as I returned the kids, I said to their parents, “I need to share something with you”; they both got ready for the bad news they knew was coming. Instead, I was able to share with them what I just told you and they were both as delighted to hear it as I was to share it.
So how do you know if your kids are doing a good job raising your grandkids? Keep ’em for a weekend; something is bound to come out to let you know!
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org