I freely share my wisdom with younger women. I tell them…one of these days you will enjoy grandchildren. There are rules you must follow. Love and spoil them. That’s your job. I do mine well. But in doing so, beware of these caveats!
- DO NOT give each one a baby afghan and baby quilt. That explosion of joy accompanying your first grandchild will be replicated a number of times. You may experience deep regret about the time #8 comes along.
- And BY NO MEANS should you make a “big boy” quilt and a “big boy” afghan when the first grandchild transitions into a “big boy” bed. This is an especially dangerous time for you if your first grandchild is 3 or 4 years older than the next to come along. You are being lulled into a dangerous state of thinking you’re home free. Trust me. You’re not.
I’m on the seventh grown up quilt and the eighth child’s big girl afghan. I never voice misgivings, and I love them dearly. Giving is a pleasure, but at 1:30 am a week before Christmas, I sometimes very silently think them when no one is looking. True confession. The commentary runs something like this: “How EVER will I get this done by Christmas? I have GOT to be out of my mind!!”
Then the little punkins’ run into my arms when they see me next, and I know it’s all been worthwhile. So let me go on record with this amended wisdom: Pour out all the love and service you can…but invest in therapy. You may need it, lol! As an alternative take up baking. Now that’s something I can get behind!