I have Survived
I have survived.
My family has gone home.
Time to begin cleaning up the mess.
Yesterday was wonderful.
Two of my three children and all my grandchildren were in Church with us.
Now that is wonderful.
One of my grandsons, Elijah put on the dog suit and was part of the children’s sermon. And Alex had a part in the skit.
After Church my grandkids helped clean up the stuff left from VBS.
I was very proud of them.
When we got back to the house my other son and his wife was there so my entire immediate family was together.
How great is that?
We even had two tables of Canasta. Betty and I defeated Lori and Pat ,and Alex and Bree defeated Cutis and Pennie.
It was sad when they all had to leave.
The poor dog really misses them.
I, on the other hand might not have survived another week.
My parenting skills are rusty.
For example I forgot the second rule in the “ Sane Parents Handbook” which as I remember npw was in bold print and underlined. It read:
Never, Never, ask why.I came into the study and found two of the boys banging my $50 monopod against the wooden handle taken from a toilet plunger.
“ What are you doingwith my monopod?””, I asked .
“ Sword fighting” they answered.
Then I made the mistake I said “ WHY are you doing that with my monopod?”
The reaction was immediate.
Two sets of eyes glazed over, chins dropped, and the response came.
“ I don know.” in the most pathetic voice.
Nor did they know how it got from the car to the study. It probably floated in.
They did know it was a good sword.
That’s when I remembered what I learned as a parent.
They don’t think like an adult.
An adult makes decisions. We ask what is right or wrong about the action. Then we decide if it is worth doing. We have a WHY.
But kids don’t think. They do. Let’s sword fight. There is no decision making process. There is just no WHY.
They just do it.
So when you ask WHY they are stumped.
They don’t have an answer.
This then upsets the adult. Hence the rule, “Never, never ask why”. If you do you will be upset. Trust me.
I was glad we had three of them all week but Pennie might have chosen a better time to be laid up. I was glad to have all five for three days.
I am really glad they have all left.