We have another guest blog post for you today, written by my lovely mother. Enjoy!
“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something” -Regina Brett
Summers are always too short. This summer was no exception. In the fullness of summer I visited my granddaughter in San Antonio, and when I came home it was fall. I spent 10 days visiting with Michaela. Since she lives far away I only get to see her about four times a year. So, when I visit I spend every moment with her and her mom, Natalie.
Claire, my other granddaughter lives nearby so I get to see her more often. It is a different kind of relationship that I have with the two, but both are special and unique. Claire has a grandma who also lives in far away; like Michaela, one grandma close and one far away.
On one of my Friday’s with Claire her daddy pulled up into the drive way. Claire ran to the window, with excitement she said, “Daddy’s home”, and with her eyes growing bigger she said, “Grandma Mary, too”. Claire looked at me running around in circles, and in a crescendo exclaimed “TWO GRANDMAS”. Claire’s grandma Mary lives in Alaska.
When I am with my grandchildren, fond memories come back to the days when my children were young. Michaela is a lot like her aunt Emily, Claire’s mom. She loves to be out and about, smiles at everyone, a true extrovert from the beginning, but very fussy at home. The faintest little “Waa”, her mother comes running to pick her up. If I am holding her and Michaela says “waa” Natalie will hold her arms out to me to take the baby away. I don’t give her the baby; it is one of my very few times with my granddaughter after all.
Michaela has started to crawl and Natalie is going through withdrawals. Not wanting her baby to grow up too fast. But they do grow up, every stage is exciting and fun and you should relish each moment. But there will come a time when you want them to grow up and move out of the house. We baby boomers are having a tough time with this. For the past ten years, Phil and I have been moving around, into one house then back to the other house trying to launch our children, but we only ended up with more kids than we started with. We even had an extra kid in the basement for a while.
We finally sold the big house, and bought a tiny, tiny house at the beach. We are now renting a room from a friend. We are keeping a low profile and holding our breath until the coast is clear. We then plan on moving back into our house. Hopefully by then our children will be settled and fully launched. We baby boomers have no other way to launch our children. The only way is to sell our houses. What do you think is the reason behind the tiny house craze? At least we will never have to experience the “empty nest”.
So, young mothers, love your children, enjoy each stage. But the very best stage is when they all grow up, move out and start having many, many grandchildren.