The Granny Nanny Experiment Day One
This is a different situation for me! My son and daughter in law live in a city about an hour from my home. DIL has been fortunate to stay home with home with the boys except for a few weeks a year, here and there when she does vacation relief at her old clinic. This is one of those weeks and for the first time ever I have come to stay and take care of the boys. And the dog. And two cats. Oh and my two budgies Max and Ruby.
The first thing before eight a.m. today was a trip to the drugstore for Reactine. I never think of myself as having allergies but I require it once or twice a week..and staying in the animal house I need it daily.
I always carry it..in my purse, in my wallet. So yesterday I pack up for the week taking everything including the birds just to discover I am Reactine lacking. I searched through every bag and suitcase last night convinced I could remember packing it.
This is hardly the end of the day being only six forty-five pm but I am done in. Exhausted. Mincemeat. One big ache..perhaps all the aches in the universe packed together. I think my hair hurts.
Early, right after breakfast we were on our way to the local park. Grandson 2 who just turned three, insisted he had to bring his basket containing Sonics. I was fine with this but it turns out G2 can only carry his basket in his right hand. Grandson 1 who is seven gamboled and jumped and ran as we progressed down the street. There is nothing nicer than a three year old holding your hand as you walk along.
The complicating factor was the dog. Bree is a five month old yellow lab. Beautiful dog but a powerful beast. Because my right hand was otherwise occupied it meant holding the leash and a baggy thing in my left hand. This was good for about fifty feet. Cramping in my hand, constant pup pulling and I knew I would have to change hands. This did not go over well with G2.
The park is about half a mile away. The sun was shining and no winter wind. We took our time. It was a perfect day for slides, climbing and swings. On arrival I secured the monster pup beast to a cement pillar. I did not judge distance well and as I turned to check on the kids, the dog tripped me. Falling is a strange sensation. It really does feel like slow motion. I had all the time in the world to think as I fell. I thought curses or something similar. I thought of my cell phone left back home in my purse. I thought of fractured hips. And then I still had time for more curses.
Skinned palms, and one skinned knee and I knew I would live. Thereafter it was pushing swings, playing hopscotch and lots of running. The walk home was relatively uneventful because I think all of us were a little played out. After lunch G1 and I headed to the yard. Scooters, more jumping, more running.
By five o’clock everything was beginning to seize up – big time but I still put in another half mile to walk one of the boys’ friend home.
Exhaustion reigns……Meantime I wanted to jot down at least a few words although I have no idea if they make any sense. Oh yes and a few minutes ago one of the two huge white cats attacked my bird cage knocking them to the floor.
Well tomorrow is another day. Planning swimming, jumping and running. Falling is not on the agenda!