Grumpy Loves His Grandbabies
As Old Joe, Grumpy’s dear departed father, would claim, “Who has more fun than people?” Grumpy would add, “Who has more fun the Grandpas?”
He just spent five days with his two grandchildren, 13 month old Ryder and 8 month old Aubrey.
He will tell you a good time was had by all.
These little people are just the thing to get those “piss and vinegar” genes back in action. Papas are notorious for teasing, cajoling, prodding and leading their charges down those roads not taken. Mischief and mayhem are what old farts like Grumps encourage and promote.
“Let’s go tickle Grandma, shall we?”
“Let’s build a tower and knock it to smithereens!”
“Let’s make farting noises!”
There is nothing better than a belly laugh, nose snorting chortle from a rug rat, especially when you’re chasing them on all fours.
“I’m gonna get you. The tickle monster is coming!”
Well they are the measure of your success, my friend!
Grumpy agrees with Duke’s men’s basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, when he says, “It’s funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you’d do. It’s terrific.”
Goofy is Grumpy’s middle name and foolishness is his game.
A great book Grumpy discovered should be required reading by all grandbabies. It’s called HOW TO BABYSIT GRANDPA.
Overview: Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).
Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!
Here’s a review:
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A boy’s tips for babysitting a grandpa include hiding when he arrives; fixing snacks such as “anything dipped in ketchup”; looking for “lizards, cool rocks, and dandelion puffs” on walks; and so on. The endpapers have eight childlike drawings of child-grandparent interactions, and the book opens with a digitally rendered cartoonlike illustration of a spindly legged man sporting tufts of gray hair and carrying a small purple duffel bag.
The parents leave, and the boy assures his grandfather, “Don’t worry. They always come back,” and the fun begins. In preparation for outdoor activities, the child advises bundling grandpa from head to toe in winter and slathering sunscreen on his bald head in summer. For indoor activities, “have him read a looooooooooong book” several times, guaranteed to put him to sleep.
Humourist, Dave Barry, has a different take, of course.
“The best babysitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.”
Here are some funny things youngsters have had to say about their grandfathers.
Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on “cracks.”
They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
Usually grandfathers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
And, being a grandpa has its perks. Here’s a little story to illustrate that point.
One evening a grandfather was babysitting his two granddaughters Anne and Betty. Presently, 8:00 PM rolled around.
“Okay, time for bed,” he informed the two children who were playing in the den.
“Why?” Anne asked (aged 6). “It’s so early!”
“Your father said your bedtime is 8:00,” the grandfather said.
“You don’t have to listen to him,” Betty (aged 4½) replied.
“Why not?” the grandpa asked.
Betty answered, “Because you’re his father!”
Oh, ya, Grumpy is on board with that six year old. Breaking rules puts the fun in imaginative play, don’t you agree.
“OK Ryder and Aubrey, Papa’s first rule is that there are no rules. Don’t tell Mommy, Daddy or Granny we jumped in all the puddles!”
Indeed, Papas can be fathers without rules!
Like where is Grandpa? Watch this video to see what I mean.
Hey, being a Papa is like a license to be silly, wacko, naughty and crazy all over again – with no strings attached!
After all, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
Grumpy loves his babies and grandbabies to death!