Ah, a moment of quiet rain

It is a quiet grey afternoon. There is a light rain and cool air drifting in the windows. “Little Man” has finally fallen asleep in this late afternoon rain. He was tired at one and could hardly keep his eyes open. By two p.m. he was manic – crawling from place to place, crying, laughing and bouncing. He wanted up but once up needed down. We had tried all the old tricks including the stroller ride (that was until it started raining and he thought that was great fun).

Now we, Grandparents, sit enjoying the quiet of the rain. We each have our computers out – reading or writing. A sense of peace at least for now. He has finally decided to nap.

IMG_7838We are doing weekly care for our grandson as his parents work – five days a week – all day. We can do this! I have taught forever – how much work can one grandchild be.

Well, it is surprising how much work he can be. Yes, I taught for 40 years and yes I raised two kids but old age has arrived even when we think it has not. Little Man has found all our weak spots. The back that hurts after lifting him up and down and around. The knees that use to be so flexible tend to creak a bit more when getting up from the IMG_8991floor for the umpteenth time. After running around all morning, handling the heat of the day, getting lunch ready, feeding and clean up and then no nap in site it leaves us realizing we are not as young as we use to be.

Would I give up this time? No way – to see him begin to develop language, to see the first few crawls and to sit with stories and stories to read. I will deal with the aches and pains of old age in helping raise a little one. It won’t be long before he is off to be with other children so for now I will find the Tylenol if I need it, do yoga and lift my hand weights so I can hopefully keep up with him over the next few years.

Ah, the life of a grandparent!

(It is all pretty special since I am aware of so many grandparents whose grandchildren are so far away and Zoom is their only way to connect right now. I feel blessed.)IMG_2745

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Ah, a moment of quiet rain

  1. MegMcCormick says:

    What a sweet “Little Man!” You really evoked a sense of peacefulness that I see so many parents talk about as their child finally falls asleep, the calm after the storm!

  2. glenda funk says:

    I’ve come to think of growing old as a grandparent as a parallel to growing more patient. Somehow these aching bodies serve us in being a bit more of what a child needs than they did when our own kids were little. Still, I don’t think I’d have the energy for having a child around full-time. Cute pics!

  3. Ramona says:

    Oh, such sweetness in that last photo. I can certainly identify with everything in your post. I do three days a week with two boys and totally relish them, but not sure I could do five. (I know I could if it was necessary.) Hang in there and just think, the little ones help keep us active, right?

  4. arjeha says:

    In our mind we are not as old as we are. Then we move a certain way or exert ourselves in ways we haven’t for a long time and our body gives us a reality check. I sometimes wish I had stock in Tylenol. You Little Man is so precious. I also find listening to a gentle rain relaxing and sleep inducing.

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