Here we go again with another Hallmark holiday, grandparents day. I guess that’s okay for people who otherwise would not think of their grandparents and it sells a few greeting cards. I am Granny every day. It’s my favorite nick name, and I’ve had a few of those. Punkin and Sis when I was a kid, Mac (for my maiden name, McCandless) as a teen, from my husband Sweetie when he is happy with me and Darling with a sarcastic twist when he isn’t. Then I got to be Mama, Mom and Mother (mother with that same sarcastic twist) and finally Granny.
I got to be Granny first when Curtis was born and then a few months later when his cousin, Tara, came along. Then there was Brittany and when my son married again we gained Camille followed by her brothers Ethan and finally James. Six of them! I have a lot of grannying to do, my favorite pass time.
Most of these babies got their first bath at home in my kitchen sink. Soapy, slippery babies can be a challenge but I was always up for it. They are so sweet smelling all fresh and clean and a nice warm bath can be so soothing for a baby. And, what could be better than that toothless smile when they are wrapped up in a fluffy towel? My theory with grandchildren is if they are grumpy put them in water or feed them something sweet. So, when they got past the kitchen sink bath age we graduated to bubble baths, then a wading pool, then a swimming pool or a dip in the lake in summer. On vacations when a hot tub was available a little time in there followed by a banana malt made for sleepy boys at bed time.
When water didn’t work to settle down the toddlers a ride around the block in the stroller would do the trick, or maybe a ride in the car in cooler weather. Of course there’s always books read while snuggling in the rocking chair or just snuggling and rocking while softly singing. The singing always had to be softly for me because I am tone deaf and can’t really sing, but I can fake it close enough for little kids who don’t know any better yet.
As the grandchildren got school age they developed an interest in various sports and I had new entertainment opportunities. There are hundreds of soccer games in my past and more than a few little league games, an occasional basketball game or track event and some swim lessons. All of them a treat. Turns out the cheerleading experience from high school served me well.
The four eldest are adults now and finding their way in the world. I think they are going to be okay. Each of them are intelligent, caring people. Each of them have their own dreams to pursue and their own unique qualities to contribute.
The two youngest, my wonder boys, still have adolescence in front of them. They show signs of growing into good men. It’s a joy for me to watch as they leave the funny little boys they were behind and make the journey toward responsible citizens.
Happy Grandparents Day to me. Granny is my absolute favorite thing to be everyday. I am spending this particular day dog sitting the grand dog, Tyson. He gets extra treats at my house, just like the other grand kids but ninety pounds of black dog is too much for me to handle in a bubble bath. Tyson doesn’t care and he doesn’t need soothing. He is perfectly content laying on my feet as I sit in my recliner. I can’t say he is my favorite but he is the easiest to take care of.