This summer H and I had the pleasure of having Kerri’s two girls – Lia, 8 and Charlee, 5 – spend a week with us – without their mother. We had a fabulous week with these two sweet grandchildren, but when it was over I realized what I had forgotten about young children and how old we actually are – because we felt it.
- MEALS – Children eat three meals a day plus snacks on a schedule – their schedule. We are used to eating when we want, what we want, and where we want. Children don’t necessarily like anchovies on their pizza, avacoda’s on a salad, or oysters – raw or cooked.
- SAND- Children don’t realize when you live in Florida you have to brush the sand off your feet before climbing into bed or there will be “crumbs” in the bed as Charlee discovered. And YES, I do sweep.
- BEDTIME – Children should go to bed at a certain time or they are cranky the next day, though their scheduled bedtime is later than I would have liked. Actually, I think they make their own schedule.
- AWAKE TIME – Children get up at a certain time in the morning – too early for me – ready for breakfast.
- BEACH TIME – Children have a one-track mind and are like elephants who never forget. Mention the beach one time and that’s all they think of.
- TV TIME – Children watch a lot of children’s TV and H had to give up his remote for a while. Disney has been upgraded from Mickey Mouse cartoons to ten-year-olds-going-on-twenty and is not as family friendly as it once was.
- AIN’T THIS THE TRUTH – Children are always better behaved when their mother isn’t in the picture. Mom appears and the whining, pouting, and demands begin.
We soon realized your life is not your own when children are involved. How did I forget this so soon?