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Grandparenting resume

Posted Monday, June 28, 2010, at 4:31 PM

It's a tough job, but I think that I am up for the task.

Being a grandparent has its many advantages and may I say there are an array of tasks that one must fullfill. One must be compassionate, patient and willing to say and do things that you may have forgotten that you had done in your younger years.

No need to mention the spoiling that goes along with the title of "Grandparent". One must be ready for a few quarters to add to the vending machines or the candy, soda or juice that the little ones bypass their parents to nab from grandma or grandpa, knowing that the elder ones in their lives will not turn them down. All is good though, I learned on the onset of this wonderful journey of granparenthood that a purse full of coins and plenty of sweets was a must.

When a certain little 8 year old was given the news that she was not able to fulfill the duties of a jr. bridesmaid in the upcoming wedding between her dad and Jill, in her eyes she was being demoted to a flower girl, Grandma jumped into action, giving her the pros of being a flower girl and going as far as to buying her a book on the duties of a being a successful flower girl. We diverted a possible catastrophe, and gave this bright young lady another informative book to read.

As anyone knows watching t-ball has to be the most entertaining sport there is. Having three playing their games an hour apart in different towns and trying to make an appearance at all games is a bit unnerving. Rushing one game to the next is a challenge, but when you get that little wave from the outfield, it doesn't get much better than that...unless it's the high fives when the game is over.

The best sounds come from the children of the children you raised. I must say that playing with dolls or rolling down the hills laughing and screaming is a bit different this time around. I loved that when I was a mom, but the adventures were then tempered by the other responsibilities calling in my days. Now days when the little munchkins that call my children Mom come a calling, Grandma and Papa make time to play and those nasty little chores can wait.

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