I am in over my head. By the time my husband and I struggle to get all the kids in bed (and to get them to stay there), I plop myself on the couch exhausted and often, quite hopeless. Sleep is what I need, yet my feeling is that if I tuck myself into bed, tomorrow will come in a blink. Sigh…this season of my life is filled with cute faces and snuggles, YES. But many times it feels overshowered with lots of crying, temper tantrums, wiping long streams of stretchy boogers, singing songs in exhaustion, reading books(again and again), whining, little people chanting “Hoooooold me! Hoooooolld me!” and more. What do single ladies have to do with all this?
The amazing thing about my grandma is that she is now 102 and still going strong. She has her memory, her mind, her opinions and is still able to go up and down the stairs and use the bathroom herself. I’ve worked in senior care for awhile and trust me. That’s AMAZING. She lives with my awesome sister and brother-in-law and their four kids. And if that’s not good enough to have children around you all the time, the rest of our family surround her often. We have birthday parties for the 9 great grandkids and Chinese New Year celebrations. When people find out how old Mama is and hear about her current situation, they call her blessed. She calls herself blessed.
Taking pictures of my grandma is one of my favorite things to do. And now being a mom of three little ones, I should totally declare it a hobby. Dishes are never ending, but a good picture makes me feel pretty accomplished.
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On a day when dishes and laundry pile high or when whining is in overabundance (ohhhh yesss), visiting the elderly and blessing them blesses me back a hundred fold. Despite having young children, I try and make it a habit to visit our local nursing home often (when they are not sick, of course). It’s not the typical playground nor is it the most convenient place to bring young children. But visits to see the elderly are exciting because that’s when my kids and I witness the magical effects of kindness.
My grandma made the news. Last month I shared some thoughts on how we could reconsider how we celebrate 100th day in schools and mentioned how Mama was planning to make an appearance at my nephew’s school. My nephew’s teacher was so excited, she submitted the story to MCPS Staff Bulletin.
Today is 100th at my nephew’s school. Oddly, because of the weather, it’s been pushed until tomorrow. So I have no huge qualms with teachers, students or parents who love 100th day. I personally think we should make more holidays to celebrate. Here’s my main issue. No one seems to have an issue with it. I have never heard any concerns over it in the general public, in the paper, which brings me not to make a plea to cancel the day. Instead my call to you as parents, teachers, administrators, future parents!, etc. is to just THINK about the way we celebrate it. And maybe how we can do it better.
You may get the opportunity to see your grandparents this beautiful season. When you go home for the holidays, be sure to make a point to visit your grandparents! It need not be a “Merry Christmas, Grandpa!” visit. It could be so much more, for you and your grandparents. Here’s some ideas to make sure your visit is super sweet: Continue reading