Thursday, September 22, 2011
Babysitting my grandson is better than quilting!
Today, tomorrow, and Saturday I am babysitting my 17 month old grandson. He is a delight to have around. Busy, busy, busy...but lots of fun! I have quilts that I should be working on; however, if I have one regret about my parenting days, it is that I wish I would have been less "task-oriented" and really enjoyed the time I had with my son and daughter when they were young. I didn't realize as a 20-something that those days would quickly pass by and before a blink of an eye, those babies would be grown up, and having babies of their own. Maybe that is why grandparents are so much more fun than parents! Grandparents realize a very profound truth which is that taking care of a small child is truly one of the greatest blessings in life. It's not something to be tolerated or done while accomplishing other things. It, quite simply, is a joy to be enjoyed during a season of life. I plan to read books, have tea parties, play outside, go for nature walks, and do all those little things that as a young mom I didn't do enough of. I vow to never utter the words, "Not now, I am too busy. Maybe we can do it later." to my grandchildren. For, with children, I have learned that the time to do things together is "now."