by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – The Great Grandma Caper
Editor’s note: Elements of this story strike me as pure fantasy knowing all the times both Debi and Michael have mentioned disciplining and switching even their own grandchildren. What do you think?
I think back to my Mama Granny and I know that I do not want to be that kind of grandmother. I felt she cared more about what people thought of me than she cared ABOUT ME. I will do better. So when my daughters needed to go on a trip to Hawaii, we discussed how many grands I could handle. They settled on four, three from Shalom’s family and one from Shoshanna’s. In the days preceding, I made up my mind: I would be the most loving, available, capable, captivating granny that has ever been.
Hello, reality. At the end of the first day, after the children had gone to bed, I wearily began to clean up. My hardwood floors were covered with wet towels and bathing suits, the bathrooms were full of dirty clothes; there wasn’t a set of matching shoes anywhere, crayons crunched under foot, and papers, books, and stuff were scattered everywhere. I washed three loads of clothes the very first evening. The next morning no one agreed on the menu and one child didn’t want to eat. As I rushed to clear the table, my brain began to recall something that I had read—or maybe I wrote it—on organizing and managing. Oh yes, I did remember that simple formula. As I recall, it was an important key to a happy childhood, because children would feel more relaxed when they knew their boundaries. I knew that my days as a passive, subservient granny were over.
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