The Grandparent Zone
When you become a grandparent, I am convinced you enter some kind of time-warp.
It might not be supernatural like the Twilight Zone, but somehow the days and months and years are in some other grandparent-time-continuum. My oldest granddaughter just turned 5 and my oldest grandson is turning 7. I raised 2 kids who are now parents and I know time flies– but, it is supersonic with grandkids.
As these days zoom by, there are memories that I hope time does not fade.
My 2 year old granddaughter was thrilled to be dressing up as a princess to go on her first date with her dad at the Daddy/Daughter Princess Night at the Omaha Storm Chasers.
After I rewarded my kindergarten grandson for his excellent first report card, he said he wanted to pay his teacher $1 because she was the reason he knew things.
At 2 years old, my granddaughter learned the Winnie-the-Pooh song “I’m just a little black rain cloud,” and would sing it in the car with me.
My son and his wife were buying a car and answering the finance questions: “where do you work, for how long?” After his parents finished answering, my grandson then offered the name of his elementary school and that he had been going there for 2 years.
Don’t get busy and miss these moments
As I look back over my grandmother tenure, I wish I had done better job recording things. I don’t want to forget some of the really funny / touching / great moments. So, here are my suggestions to help you remember all the things that will fly by before you know it:
Write it down
Stop right now and get a notebook and just start documenting those things that just happen. It doesn’t matter if you have not started from birth – start now. When they are all grown up you will both love to read this.
Take the shot
With cell phone cameras we are camera-spoiled. We don’t have to buy film, wait for the picture to process or be selective about the moments we capture. Funny expressions, daredevil feats, loving moments and other memories should be recorded.
Find a box that can collect those treasures that will remind you of your growing grandkid. Put in it the first scribbled picture; the bouquet of dandelions; a pine cone from your trip to the park. They may seem trivial, but, this time is precious – and won’t happen again. Tomorrow they are older.
Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older, and then before you know it, they're grown.
- J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan