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It’s M day at ABC Wednesday and M is for a mischievous little Peanut. While she was spending most of the first two years of her life at our house, there were plenty of opportunities to get into things while exploring. These are a few of her mischievous times, and some of my most favorite memories.
Why are these things so much cuter when done by a grandchild?
Why do we, as grandparents, have so much more patience with grandkids than we did with our own?
I believe it’s because we have the advantage of hindsight. When our kids are grown and gone, we realize how much we missed while being preoccupied with working, laundry, shopping, cooking and rushing to and from what we thought was important at the time. All we saw was the inconvenience and irritation of this demanding little person. Adjust my schedule? No way. Cramp my style. Not on your life.
So what if you have to put the napkins back ten times. Diapers strewn across the floor? No big deal…really, it isn’t. Inspecting the dog’s teeth? Okay, but only if the dog is a Golden Retriever. And so what if it takes more than 20 minutes to put them to bed. (Yes, Army Wife/Mom, I’m talking to YOU!). There will come a day when you long for those precious times of rocking and reading. Don’t misunderstand…I’m not condoning letting the kids rule the roost or running amuck with no discipline. But is our problem really that their behavior just isn’t fitting in with our scheduled life?
Whatever the reason, I’m certainly missing these moments now.
Cooking and cleaning can wait till tomorrow.
Babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby; and babies don’t keep.
~Ruth Hulburt Hamilton
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