I remember going to Grandma’s house when I was little. For me, Grandma’s house was home. Since we traveled all of the time with my Dad’s job, Grandma’s house became my grounding place. It was where I came from, it was where I always knew I would go back to. I could always count on the fact that Grandma’s house would be a constant in my world of change. Grandma’s house is to me what “Grandma’s House” should be.
A place where you are always accepted for who you are.
A place where you are loved without any strings attached.
A place where you are comfortable, no matter the situation.
A place where you are safe from the world.
A place where you hope your own children will experience the same acceptance, love, comfort, and safety.
I am very happy that our children have been able to know not only all of their Grandparents, but that they have also been blessed to be around MY Grandparents. These particular Great-Grandparents are young enough to be involved with their Great-Grandchildren yet old enough to know that feeding them chocolate for breakfast is not the end of the world. They spoil with little gifts, but most importantly, with endless and effortless love. They take great joy in the little things that the boys do and are able to simply relish in their company.
They worked hard to raise their own children, had a hand in raising me, and now are able to stand free of any and all parental-type duties and just enjoy.
No worries about the cost of diapers or baby food.
No late nights full of crying and sick babies.
No interrupted sleep.
No holding a child while the nurse administers shots.
No fretting over the billions of ways you can screw up a child, promising a future full of sarcasm and therapy.
No crying over the fact that, well, everyone else is crying so you might as well join in.
No counting to 10 simply to keep your cool because your toddler just spilled milk on the floor again. For the second time in an hour. The whole cup.
No worries over the ‘right’ form of discipline. Face it. By the time you are Great-Grandparents the child could burn the house down and you would just thrill in how much fun it looked like they were having in the process. “How cute!” “Isn’t that clever!?!”
NO POOPY DIAPERS!
Basically, they have been there and done that more times than I ever will and darn it they deserve a break.
They are more than happy to allow me all of the aforementioned worries and stresses. They know that I, like my parents before me and they before my parents, have to pay my dues.
I am fairly accepting of the ‘no rules’ rule at Grandma’s house.
Actually, I take that back.
I do have ONE rule at Grandma’s house.