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Carol Perkins: Parents, Grandkids, and Grandparents

After a visit from the Texas Grandkids, Carol remembers the grandparental discipline she imposed, "They ate too many sweets while they were here; stayed up too late; played on their electronics longer than normally allowed, and slept until they were awake . . ." she remembers then their dad ". . . came back from his trip with his college buddies to pick them up and ruined everything!" adding, "Parents!"
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By Carol Perkins

As Guy shoveled through the house after the grandkids left, he pondered why kids today seem to be so destructive. Not that they tore down doors or left holes in walls, but they certainly left the house with their personal touches scattered around. We found a pair of pajama bottoms under the bunk bed; a toothbrush on the sink; and various socks and hair accessories here and there. The most important items left behind caused Guy to call Jon, who had reached the Barren County Line. "You have left the medicines." All of them take allergy meds or have a pen ready for a shrimp encounter.


"I'll meet you in Glasgow," Guy said so off he went.

They left with more than they brought. Isn't that what grandparents do? Load them up? Monday we went on a shopping trip and to a movie. Noah and Luke went with Papa Guy to the men's section, while Eme and I browsed through the girl's department. With three carts among us as to keep items separated, I went through Luke's cart when Eme and I finished. He had thrown in three pairs of men's x-large shorts. "Guy, these are too big. They could fit you."

"Luke said they fit."

Luke had on a boy's size large, so he assumed he needed an x-large, but not in men's. He didn't realize the difference. He had taken two pairs from racks in the Big and Tall Men's section. He is a tall, slim twelve-year-old. He argued with me that they fit so to prove me wrong, he tried them on. He had to laugh when he saw himself.

Naturally, I put all those back, forced him to pick out larges (even though I thought they were too big, too) and then he sat by the door and waited.

Shopping is a dreadful task for him and anyone with him.

Then we went to Noah's section. He had no trouble finding what he wanted, but he chose sizes 7 and 8. "These are too little for you, Noah," I insisted while he persisted they were not, holding them against his lanky frame.

"I'm not getting something that is too little." We were arguing as equals. Finally, he tried on a pair that was a little snug, so we went with that pair since he was determined they fit, but I slyly replaced the others with size 10's behind his back.

Eme and I decided to sew. I finally finished three garments with her help. My new Project Runway Sewing Machine is on the kitchen table ready for the completion of the items she left behind and expects to be in the mail soon. She picked out material so different from what I thought she would like, so I am glad I didn't jump ahead of her. Kids only wear what they like; not what we think they should like.

They ate too many sweets while they were here; stayed up too late; played on their electronics longer than normally allowed, and slept until they were awake.

No one said, "Time to get up."

No one said, "Time for bed."

No one said, "You've had enough Twinkies."

Then Jon came back from his trip with his college buddies to pick them up and ruined everything!

Parents. Carol Perkins is a regular contributor to ColumbiaMagazine.com and co-star, with Susan Shirley Chambers of the 10am-12amCT talk show each Tuesday on The "Susan & Carol, Unscripted" show on FM 99.1, The Hoss radio station


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