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Carol Perkins: Grandkids put spark in eye, bounce in step

A heartwarming story for those of us who enjoy life's greatest pleasure: Being grandparents. It brings to mind a favorite statement about these fabulous people, from the late J.C. Marshall of Columbia, who after being a grandfather for a short period of time said, "Now I know why they are called 'Grand.'" Carol has come up with another favorite comment on the subject, during a visit to Metcalfe County by her Texas grandchildren and thinking of their departure, "We will many other adventures before they leave for home and I will be dragging by the time they leave, but having them here puts a spark in my eyes and a bounce in my step. I miss watching them grow up."
Next previous Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: Memories of Fluffy thwart urges to adopt new dog

By Carol Perkins

Our Texas grandchildren are spending their Spring Break with us. By the time you read this, they will be on the road back to Austin. Nothing is as much fun or as exhausting as a week with a twelve, ten, and an eight-year- old with another ten year old thrown into the mix, even if only for a weekend. We keep them busy, so they don't have time to pick and poke at each other or argue over bedtime, taking baths (who goes first) and who told on the other one for each infraction.

For example, the oldest failed to bring any old shoes for hiking and getting his feet wet in the soggy yard. His dad told him that he would have to wear his flip-flops since he was not to wear his brand new tennis shoes in the nasty weather. Today as they were walking down our street headed for the creek, the two youngest came running back to the house to tell on their brother. "He has on his new tennis shoes!" Being the oldest can be a bad spot.

"I can wash those shoes. Now, stop telling on your brother unless it is life or death!" They are all guilty unless they are banning together.

We went to Ralphie's one afternoon. I had never been there, so it was an amazing place for kids. Once we figured what tickets we needed to buy for whom or whether to buy the band, we were in for over forty dollars. Then they arcade lured them, and we were in for another $20 plus two bottles of water. When they cashed in all their tickets, they were able to get 30 small tootsie rolls, a candy bar, a stuffed toy, a plastic frog, and two plastic eggs.

The highlight for all three was rollerblading. I had never seen them in action, and when I asked Luke if he had skates he reminded me I had bought him a pair two years ago for Christmas. Luke wanted Papa Guy to skate with him. "He takes medicine for his back," I butted in to get Guy off the hook. At the rate Luke was using his persuasion techniques, I expected Guy to fold. I knew what would happen if he did. Those three flew around that rink while I prayed no one would sustain a permanent injury.

The most interesting incident so far happened Tuesday night when Guy and I were watching the Tuesday night election results, and the kids were involved in our discussion. They vowed that Hilary was the best candidate. "Why do you think so?" I asked.

Eme said Hilary would empower women; Noah said we needed a woman President, and Luke said she would be a change. Then Eme said, "Who is her husband?"

"Bill Clinton," I replied.

"Isn't he dead?"

"No, he isn't dead."

"Isn't Hillary Clinton really old?" Eme asked. Guy laughed.

"She is the same age as I am," I replied. She knew she had messed up, so I let her off the hook by saying, "But she isn't nearly as much fun."

We will many other adventures before they leave for home and I will be dragging by the time they leave, but having them here puts a spark in my eyes and a bounce in my step. I miss watching them grow up.

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