By Evelyn David
I'm blessed with the smartest, prettiest, sweetest granddaughter on earth (I add here a poo, poo to ward off any evil eyes, per the original Evelyn), as well as the invitation for any other Grandma to question my definitive statement.
But what I've also discovered is how much I've learned from this little bundle of energy.
3. "Den, pease." Quick Grandma translation. "You've read this book to me 1,000 times, but again please." Now I absolutely agree with this philosophy. I have books that I adore, that I can reread knowing full well whodunnit, or who ends up with whom, or that the happy ending is sappy. I love them, they give me comfort, and "den, pease," is right up my alley.
I am also glad to see that we've got a little feminist on our hands. The Disney princess figurines routinely drive her toy firetruck, fighting fires and rescuing cats with the best of them. Girl Power!
5. Don't ask a question you don't want to hear the answer to. This piece of wisdom had been in full force when my own kids were young, but I recently had cause to remember it. This little independent spirit has a very polite, but equally definite "no," in her repertoire and is given in response to many questions. Grandma: "Do you want to take a nap?" Quiet, definitive, "no."
The other day I gave her a bath. She was running around in her diaper and I was trying to get her into jammies. "Do you want to put on your snowman pajamas?" I asked sweetly, if tiredly. "No," came the equally sweet, definite response. Then it hit me. I swooped her up and declared, "That wasn't a question, honey." Pajamas on, she handed me "Night, Night Little Pookie," by Sandra Boynton, one of her favorites, mine too. I read it and she smiled, cuddled, and said, "Den, pease." No problem. The other lesson learned: Grandma is a pushover.
Marian, aka the Northern half of Evelyn David, also known as "Nandma"
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