Grandpa Babysits?


When your grown children call and ask you to watch the grandchildren,  you jump at the chance and say, “Well, of course!”  Perhaps you are more seasoned at watching two kids at a time than we are, but at first it seemed a bit daunting.

Turned out to be a great evening for Grandpa. He really dug in and started his new retired life with energy and enthusiasm. First job, re-learn how to play Candy Land. “C” had just learned the game, but was eager to teach Grandpa how to move the Gingerbread Man. The conversation went something like this, “Now Grandpa, see first you get a card and see the color. Then you move your man, just like this!” Not bad for a 3 year old!! Of course, grandpa had to carefully watch just how many green squares she moved through! It was great fun to be in the other room and over hear and watch this precious interaction.

As the evening went on Dan settled in to watch TV. Ha! Not without a kid. Grandpa and little “D”  got comfy and watch football. Good times had by all!

Dan also had the privilege of reading the bedtime story (Jungle Book) and helping with bedtime routines. The girls were asleep by 7:15 and Grandpa was snoring by 7:45. Babysitting can be so grueling!  What a blessing to live right down the street so we can share in these sweet moments. Grandma Katie waited up for mama and papa to arrive at 9:30. Retirement is grand 🙂