Written by Sheena Storie – Guest Contributor
At least once or twice a week someone will remark, “Oh … You must keep busy with your grandkids” – or worse, they’ll say, “At least they must keep you busy!!”
Here’s the truth ..
Sometimes I just don’t want to be busy.. !!
I’d love to have a day where I just do Nuthin, as my grandsons say.
No housewife stuff.
And no children to pick up, entertain, feed, or play with.
Just one day ….
To sit on my sofa and watch a TV show from beginning to end.
I never see the ends of movies. I have to guess the endings.
Just one day.
To read a book and drink iced tea on the outdoor chairs.
I begged and whined for this new outdoor set last year and I have rarely used these nice big chairs.
Oh well at least the cats like them!!
I have a lifetime of things to keep me busy – never mind the day-to-day house work I need to do, and the grandchildren I have to look after.
Who doesn’t have a drawer full of photos that need to be put in an album or in frames.
I mentioned these photos to my daughter and she said just scan them mum and store them on your laptop. And how am I going to do that when I don’t have a scanner and i have no idea how to do this…?
I suggested my daughter could help me do this and she said “I can’t help Mum, I’m too busy!!!!!!!”
And who doesn’t have a bag of sewing to get through, all the hems and buttons that need attention. I have curtains that drape on the floor so I tell everybody it’s a new style. Just because I’ve been far too busy to hem them.
I wont mention the stuffed closets, the bags of paper work, and the multipurpose kitchen junk drawer (actually drawers, plural).
I really need to clear out all my stuff and the places in my house that need to be DE-cluttered. I will get to it I promise, but life gets in the way and keeps me busy.
But please, please do not say to a retired granny, with grandchildren in tow…”At least it keeps you busy !!!”
You might just get a handbag round your ears.
Sheena Storie is a grandmother of four children ranging in age from 2 months to 6 years. During her lifetime career as an educator, she was a learning support teacher to children with learning difficulties, including dyslexia.
As Author of The Granny Blog*, Sheena draws on her traditional Scottish upbringing and values, as she relates the real life challenges of being a modern Gran to four active youngsters. Her entertaining writing combines a keen sense of wit and honesty as she navigates the adventures of family life, and offers advice regarding the shepherding of grandkids in today’s complex world.
* TheGrannyBlog.com is a registered domain name of Olderhood.com