“Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?” George Gobel
Friday, February 26, 2010
We have recently witnessed several episodes of grandparent behavior, which we as the world's best grandparents would never think of doing!
One morning we were having breakfast at a neighborhood restaurant. Sitting across from us was a toddler accompanied by her grandparents. After each spoonful of food and every sip of milk the grandparents broke out in a round of praise and wild applause. Every time! We wondered if they knew just what a spectacle they were making of themselves.
Our neighbors live at the top of a large hill. What a perfect place for their grandchildren to put to use their sleds on a recent snow day. The kids were having some difficulty in getting the sleds to move fast enough for them. So the industrious grandparents came upon the idea of pulling them with a four wheeler. Another problem developed. They kept falling off the sled. Then another great idea came to them. Let's pull them behind our SUV. There was, as you can imagine a lot of commotion in our normally quite cove. Until, that is a shaken voice erupted, "What are you dong??" Undoubtedly, a parent had arrived to curtail all the fun. Suddenly, all was very quite again.
Then, there was the hide in seek game in the frozen food section at Kroger. A grandmother and her small grandchild were laughing hysterically as the child climbed in and out of the freezers. When the mom rounded the corner and saw what they were doing, she just stood there too shocked for words. I hurried away to avoid the reckoning that was surely to come.
Well, I said we would never think of doing such things!
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— Deuteronomy 4:9 English Standard Version