Mrs. Cranky’s Day Off
Last year I offered to help my son, Matt, and DIL, Devon, by babysitting their two Crankettes on Thursdays. Devon’s mom sits for the other four days while the “Kids” are at work as teachers. Devon’s mom needs one day off, and I need to sit one day to undo her grandchild spoiling (JK…sort of.)
After one of my earliest sitting experience, when the Crankettes and I had not yet established ground rules and I was having difficulty with understanding toddler talk, I suggested to Mrs. Cranky that maybe I was just too old and cranky to babysit.
“No way! You promised and you damn well have to go and sit every Thursday. You just need to suck it up!!”
I was surprised by the forcefulness of her conviction. After all, my sitting meant she would be alone on Wednesday night as I had to stay at my sons overnight so I could be ready to sit at daybreak. It meant she had to spend Thursday morning and afternoon alone and would not see me until she comes home from work Thursday night.
Given the strength of her conviction and the sacrifice Mrs. Cranky was enduring, I pulled up my big boy pants and continued to toddler-sit. I am glad I did as since the Crankettes and I have learned what makes each other tick, babysitting has become more fun than chore (for one day at least.)
Two weeks ago I got a call from my son. Both he and Devon would be off the next two Thursdays for spring vacation. I told Mrs. C that I had the next two Thursdays off and she made a little face.
“What was that all about?”
“What was what all about?”
“I made a face?”
“Wait a minute; you’re disappointed that I am off the next two Thursdays!”
“NO…well maybe a little.”
“But you won’t be alone.”
“Yes, I won’t be alone…I can't catch up on my shows without you interrupting every two minutes to ask what just happened, I can't get a full night sleep without you tossing and turning waking me up, I can't sleep late in the morning without you turning on your computer at 7:30, and I can't do whatever I want all day Thursday before work.”
So there it is, all out in the open. Grandpa Joe Thursday is not just about giving Devon’s mom a day off from babysitting; it is also about giving Mrs. Cranky a day off from ME!