It’s been years since my three grandchildren were young and I was sitting with them while my daughter had a night out.
After dinner, I decided to give them a bath and get ready for bed. Then I heard Dakota say, “Nana, Brittany is going through Momma’s drawers and she is not supposed to to that!”
When I walked into the room, there were pencils, pens, and a notebook on the floor. I watched as her big brother helped pick everything up and then he looked at me and said, “Don’t tell Momma!”
Later as I dressed for bed I heard a commotion in the kitchen. I walked in there to find Dakota holding a container of Chocolate Milk Mix, Preston was doing his best to hold a half-gallon of milk, as Brittany stood close by holding three plastic cups. It was obvious they were caught red handed in the act! The expressions changed from ‘what’s next’ to delight as I sat with them and we shared chocolate milk together.
Brittany said, “Don’t tell Momma!”
“Momma won’t let us drink chocolate milk before bedtime. Don’t tell Momma,” Preston added.
I don’t remember chocolate milk tasting so good. I suggested Vanilla Wafers to make it a real snack.
Now my plan was to make a place to sleep in the living room floor as i collected comforters, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows to put in front of the TV and have snuggle time. It felt good to finally relax.
“Momma wants us to sleep in our own beds. She doesn’t like it when we sleep in here on the floor, “ Dakota seriously informed me.
“Don’t tell Momma,” Preston told his big brother.
Patiently I waited as they watched TV and were breathing softly. Then I tiptoed down the hall to sleep in my daughter’s bed.
It was approximately 2 a.m. when Dakota climbed into bed with me. I raised the covers and welcomed a chance to snuggle back to sleep.
At approximately 3 a.m. when I heard Preston saying to me, “I want to sleep with you!” We were as tight as sardines in a can!
Next comes Brittany running down the hall, “I want my Nana!” There was no room except for her to lie on my chest. This worked well when she was a little baby, but now not so much.
At 5:30 a.m. I quietly slipped down the hall to Dakota’s bed to try to get some sleep.
Then I heard a scream beside me as Preston announced, “Nana, the sun is up!” I didn’t have to look at a clock to know it was true.
A few minutes passed before they told me they were hungry. I could barely move as I prepared breakfast and thought it a good idea for all of us to cuddle up on last night’s sleeping arrangement in front of the TV.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. when I heard my daughter’s key turn in the lock. “Mom, why are you still asleep? I can’t believe this! The kids know not to sleep in here!”
“Mom, you know I love you, but why don’t you make them mind?” She asked as I was putting on my coat to leave as she was loading the dishwasher.
I smiled as I drove away. Was it just a few years ago when I was so upset with my dad? He and my mom had come to visit us as we were just getting home from church. My dad said he would take my children to the store. I knew then that Rachel and Joseph’s lunch was ruined because he would bring them back with bags of candy. When they arrived home each child was holding a can of soda and had chocolate all over their Sunday clothes!
“Daddy, I don’t let the kids eat junk food before they eat their real meal!” I scolded as I started to take away the goodies and then changed my mind.
“Oh, a little candy won’t hurt them,” he said as he leaned back in our recliner with one child on each arm saying, “We’re going to just take a little nap!”
“Daddy, now they will never sleep tonight!”
Never could I have foreseen that the times would change and I would be the one sneaking around and doing things my daughter didn’t approve of! However, I’ll never forget the smile on my Daddy’s face as he rocked his grandchildren to sleep!
I’m positive I heard him say, “Next time we won’t come home until we eat all our candy and we won’t tell Momma!”
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