"Make sure you wear clean underwear - you never know when you'll get hit by a bus."
Thanks to wee Colton's early arrival two weeks ago (pictured), I have joined the auspicious Grandparents Club. I am absolutely delighted! Now as a grandparent, when the time is right, I will sagely and dutifully pass on pearlers like the above. I can't wait.
Advice about clean undies is pretty much timeless. But when it comes to advising Colton's parents, I have to keep in mind that a whole generation of new humans has been raised since I was last nursing a wee one. Practices have changed. I check myself before offering outdated and unhelpful advice, and I'm learning from the new parents. It's a great position to be in, I'm loving it!
I often talk about the special relationship I had with my own Grandmother. Grandma Winnie was a big part of my childhood. She did seem sage and wise - she was also lots of fun. Grandma shared her love of birds and music and she had the patience to teach me so many things.
I can picture Grandma's face at the window for hours on end as I showed off various inane 'talents' I was trying to master. (Seriously I have no talents. In fact going cross-eyed is the only trick I thought I had nailed in my whole life and to my dismay I found out recently I don't even do that properly).
Grandparents and grandchildren do have something really special going on, don't you think?
If the kids are happy on holiday, everyone's happy, right? The full activity programme takes care of that. And opportunities for family story telling are woven into the programme.
Grandma and I would have had the BEST time on this tour! Perhaps Colton and I will one day too.
When I think of my new delightful wee grandson and other grandchildren to follow, I think about the impression I want to leave. Like my own grandmother before me, I hope to be patient and comforting, to have truckloads of fun with my grandchildren, and to love them unconditionally. That will be a job well done.
Oh, and it's nearly my turn to endure "Watch me!! Watch me!!", "Look what I can do!!". Fair's fair, after all.
Bookings for the Fun Times tour are closing on 19 December - if you are interested, you'll need to be in quick!