I have to admit that when I first found out I was going to be a grandmother I cried. I did not want to be a grandmother, never. A grandmother was old. Now, before you think anything, I loved my grandmother. Really lived her. Growing up I had great grandmothers alive too, and they were special. It was fun to go to their homes, even though they were old.
For me though, I just hate getting older. Having one of your kids make you a grandmother just meant that kid was making you age way faster than you ever wanted to. So I dreaded it.
That was many years ago now. I soon learned that while I dreaded being a grandmother it was fun. My first grandchild I got to spoil a bit and then send home. WOW, way better than your own kids, you could not spoil them as they were already home, you had to live with it. Then the second grandchild came along and she would not go home! Ivy wanted to stay with me all the time. People thought she was my own child and she acted it as well. I rather enjoyed knowing I was grammie and yet people were saying things about my daughter and Ivy got to where she just went along with it and we laughed together.
Now, we have 19 grandkids, two of them are step from my daughters marriage, but loved the same. I still can keep up with the little one I keep everyday and enjoy all the laughs that come with it.
I thought I would share my yesterday with you:
Scout is not going to be 3 for about 6 weeks yet, but she has been much like my own kids were, talked early and thought way too much. It keeps you on your toes and you never know what is going to come out of their mouths, and come out very clearly.
Backtrack a bit. My one daughter was allergy prone, very bad, and would get extremely sick over a number of foods. As a result they told me the best thing was to keep nursing her till she no longer wanted it. This way she was sure to keep her nutrition up and get a good start in life. Well, she no longer wanted it at 2.5 yrs! However, she was talking very clear before a year and would very nicely ask to nurse, loudly and clearly. She had no idea that sitting in church was not the right time to very loudly and clearly say “I want to nurse Mommy”.
Ok, now, this is the way Scout has been, loud, clear and very articulate.
Back to yesterday. I had to run around and pay some bills as well as go to the bank etc. Later in the day I had a vet appointment for our dog and so wanted to get started early. I dressed Scout, got her in the car and we headed out.
Scout loves yard sales so we did not get too far when she said she wanted to find some yard sales while we were out. I told her if we found any we would stop. She then reminded me how much she like yard sales and wanted to go.
We stopped at the bank and were heading to the first bill paying stop when I pulled into the local radio station to get their daily radiogram. This little paper has a quick update on local news, classified section, and a garage sale list for the area. I got the paper and went to pull out in the traffic but had to get across two lanes to make the turn to where we needed to go pay a bill. After waiting a bit I hit the gas to make it across the traffic.
Scout: WOW we ZOOMED! I like to zoom, zoom some more
me: I only zoomed to get across the road, we did not want to get hit
Scout: Zoom more grammie, I like zooming
Me: Lets get in and pay the bill
Scout: then we zoom more and go to a yard sale?
We now pay the bill and get in the car. Before the seat belt is done she is yelling to zoom more!
I get to the next place, pay the bill and get back in the car. More requests to zoom and go to a yard sale come. I dig out the paper and start looking for any sales that might be on a Friday.
I am semi reading out loud and then came to an ad that gave directions and then ended with “Lots of stuff” .
Scout: Did it say lots of stuff?
Me: Yes, that is what the ad said
Scout: Good, cause I like BIG YARD SALES. Let’s zoom there.
I drove legally there and we looked all around and she really enjoyed herself. We then get in the car to go home and as I am going down their long drive (I live in Texas, it is all long driveways!) I told her we had to pay one more bill and then get home. She needed to eat lunch early and get an early nap since we had to go to the vets when she would normally be sleeping. She listened and then said:
“Grammie, drive slow. Do not zoom.”
Me: why not, you wanted me to zoom all morning
Scout: Not now, do not zoom. Go really slow
Me: I do not understand, why do I need to drive really slow?
After a few more questions it comes out: “I do not want to take a nap”.
The rest of the day went about the same, as do most days with her. I laugh so much and find being a grammie is fun. Sure, when you have them all day every day you can’t spoil as much, but I would not want to trade having them around either. I wish I lived near all of them so I could enjoy them. How I miss the others.
I hope that these kids have fond memories of their grammie like I do of mine.