Being a Grandparent

When Grandchildren are Jealous

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day.   What made mine extra special is that I had both of my grandchildren here at the same time.  My son and daughter came to a family lunch at my parents’ home with their spouses and my grandchildren, and I couldn’t have been happier.  They couldn’t have given me a better gift.  What a special day!  What a blessing!

My mother and sister and I made preparations for the lunch by making our families’ favorite dishes, but what I was not prepared for was the jealousy of the grandchildren for my attention!  Kind of flattering, that they both wanted their Coco’s full attention!  Evie was NOT happy that she had to share me with Kip, and Kip did NOT like her playing with the toy car he had been playing with!

I don’t get to see him very often, so I made it a point to play with Kip, because I see Evie several times a week.  At one point I looked over from the living room into the dining room and caught her staring at me.  She immediately wanted down from her high chair and then came over and began to play with the toys Kip had been playing with.  That’s when he grabbed the toy car and said, “Mine!” 

Being the grandmother of two toddlers wanting my attention at the same time was certainly a challenge but I loved it!  I just hope they will get to know each other and learn to love being together.  That would make this grandma very happy.

How about you?  Do you have grandchildren or children who vie for their grandparents’ attention?


"How are you enjoying retirement?"

This is a question I have been asked several times since May, when I retired from 30 years of teaching public school.  I actually  left a couple of weeks early due to a surgery I had scheduled before school was out so I could use up the remainder of my state leave days.  No, I was not one of those lucky few who accumulate enough days to actually purchase a year of retirement or be reimbursed from their school district.  So, I just had major surgery!  The timing was not the best for my family, though.  The surgery was scheduled the day after Mother’s Day, and had the Lord called me home, it would have made for some difficult future Mother’s Days for them.

All that said, I really haven’t felt retired yet, because schoolteachers normally are off for several weeks during the summer. It has been nice not having to attend summer workshops or do any advance planning, but I think it really won’t sink in until the first day of school rolls around and I have no classroom to return to.  It is already weird not buying new school supplies now that the stores are filling up their back-to-school shelves.  I can always buy things for the school supply train for needy children in my area.  That will help somewhat.

Some of you may be thinking that I should become a substitute teacher.  To that I reply, “No thanks!”  I have been there and done that, and the lack of respect for substitutes is not something I particularly relish.  I hope to continue writing–and perhaps start a business, or get an office job. . .but until then, I guess this coffee mug one of my dear friends gave me just about sums it up. . .

. . .because I will have my feet up for awhile!  (And sprinkle in a few home projects that I have put off for years and years and years. . .)

And before all you teachers out there start the hating, remember that you will be at this point someday, Lord willing.  I have earned it, and you will, too!  Enjoy the back-to-school shopping!