Friday, July 06, 2012

"Papa" to the rescue

My first day off since starting my new post at Smulekoff's and I was looking forward to sleeping in and doing mostly nothing today. But my plans didn't turn out that way. We got our first distress call since moving back to CR. Our grandson was running a temperature and could I stay with him today, was the call. Well that was a no-brainer. Part of the appeal of moving back with family was to be available when just such a need occurred. So it was grandfather - "Papa" - to the rescue today.

Off I went to see what the young man was up to. As I walked over to my daughter's house, I must admit, I was a little concerned that I might not be able to pull this off. After-all, it has been nearly 30 years since I was responsible for a little one. Well, it wasn't as much as they thought. The medicine took care of the temperature very well so all I really needed to do was spend the day with my grandson. Let's just say we had a great time. We spent the morning playing and I even got to catch up on Sesame Street. He introduced me to all of the characters. He's not quite 2 years old but knew all of their names.

That show is followed by one I had never seen before but really liked - "Sid, the Science Kid". The whole premise of science experiments for pre-schoolers really got my attention. I like the whole idea and it appeared to be well written and produced. Sid was making apple sauce today so, of course, we were off to the kitchen to make our own apple sauce. The sight of that little man sitting in his high chair at the counter while we made apple sauce was a treat in itself. Of course, he had to sample the apple to make sure it was okay. We played a bit more as the sauce cooled then Papa finally let him take a nap.

After we both napped we made hamburgers for lunch and then read books and played the whole afternoon. I'm afraid he didn't get an afternoon nap but hey what are grampa's for? Some time after 5 pm the rest of the family showed up to assess the carnage and the verdict was that we done okay. Then I went home and fell asleep for an hour. Yes, he wore me out. I suspect he went to bed early as well though.

This is what we came home for, to be there for the kids when we can help out and it is great. I know I will see him soon enough but now I will welcome the next phone call asking for help.

Sleep well little buddy - Papa will see you soon.