Me and my girls!


Perhaps the biggest joy in my life has been my grandchildren. I have three girls and one boy. They range in age from fifteen to nine. Their names are Cooper, Keira, Savannah and Sidney. Cooper is the eldest, a male, and the rest all girls.

This past weekend I stayed at their home while my daughter, Samantha and her significant other had a weekend in Providence, seeing Rent, at PPAC, and having some time alone. My, how raising children has changed. My daughter was an only child, so I’ve never had to deal with sister drama. And with three girls, there was some drama!

I would guess that in any day, one of them cried at least once. It was interesting watching how it played out. The littlest Sidney was quick to get upset but got over it the fastest. The older two, not so much. When I agreed to the visit, I knew I would be doing a lot of cooking. After all, I’m Nonna, and that’s what I do. What I didn’t anticipate was my role as a referee. It was the little things that seemed to make them mad. Mean looks, mean words, and touching each other’s things. I can’t tell you how much time I spent in separate bedrooms, talking them off the ledge. If I wasn’t doing that, I was cooking.

Little girls eat a lot of food and teenage boys even more. I would no sooner finish clean-up from one meal that one little face would appear asking me what we were having for the next meal! I love cooking and loved seeing their excited faces anticipating the next thing I was cooking.

Oh ,and let me not forget the shoes and coats. Four children equal lot of shoes, boots, coats, hats, and gloves. Then there’s the toys. The things that children play with has changed so much. Their world consists of electronics, slime, and fidgets and Tik Tok. Fidgets are just what they seem, something they hold in their hand and fidget with. The littlest one Sidney still plays with her dolls. This reminded me of my childhood. Saturday as I was cooking dinner, she sat at the counter feeding them and changing their outfits. It was great to see her without an electronic device. So, as I sit here on the morning of my departure, I’m relishing my last few moments of quiet before they awake.

Uh-oh, I hear tiny foot steps…the day has begun! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it for the world. My motto is “Embrace the Chaos!”.


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