When the family reunion came to a close, Casey, Christopher, Michael, and Wesley headed home to Memphis. The twins, Aidan and Taylor, stayed with us for their “week in Texas” that we started when the kids were just babies. Living 9 hours away from your grandchildren can be tough, so we LOVE the week during the summer when we can spend quality time with them. In the beginning, Casey would send two of the boys (at a time) with instructions on what needed to be improved (getting rid of pacifiers, sleeping in a big bed, potty training, using their manners, eating healthy, teaching them to read, etc.). As the boys got older, it has evolved into Gary and me simply providing time for the boys to eat, sleep, and have fun. It didn’t take us long to realize that you DON’T have to live next door to your grandchildren; you just have to be present when you’re with them.
Soooooo, after the reunion, we kept the twins (age 11). I had experienced severe tooth and jaw pain during the reunion weekend, and on Monday had to make a mad dash to the dentist. After 3 root canals, I was in bed for 3 days. Not exactly an ideal way to begin, huh? However, Gary became “grandfather-of-the-year” (if he wasn’t already). He and the boys went to the movies, spent an entire day at an arcade gallery (and I mean ALL DAY), watched all the Star Wars movies, ate at all the fun places that only guys like to eat (Whataburger, Cici’s Pizza, Slim Chickens, Taco Bell, etc.), watched all the Karate Kid movies, played dominoes and cards, picked out and bought their funny t-shirts, and all the while, took care of me. Honestly, I don’t think they missed me at all! :).
After that week, these are the things that I now know . . .
- Once a father of boys; always a father of boys.
- You just have to make the most out of a situation and find the good in it. (Actually, I’ve always known this.)
- Casey and Christopher have done an excellent job teaching their boys to be kind, flexible, caring, and compassionate.
- Gary is a “rock star” in their eyes (and mine).
- When guys don’t know how to make you feel better, they cover you up with a blanket (and I had 3 of them covering me up). P.S. I remember my dad always doing that with my mother, and it makes me giggle just thinking about it. 🙂
I came to life on Thursday, so the week was not a total waste; however, when I took the boys to the Altitude Trampoline Park for a day of jumping, the first thing they said was, “Where’s Gary and why isn’t he going?” Seriously?????
Summertime is a great time to recharge for kids and parents. But, it’s also a time to recharge that “grandparent energy” and step out-of-the-box. We find ourselves at waterparks (no, I don’t like wearing a bathing suit at this age, but I do!), at arcades, on scary rides and roller coasters, at jumping zones, watching movies, and eating at Whataburger (a favorite place since they don’t have it in Memphis). Ava, Crew, Michael, and Wesley: “We’re rested up, healthy, and ready for you!!”
Until then, carry on . . . ..