Sunday, July 29, 2007


Well, we are back from Mamaw and Papaw's house and I don't know about all of you, but when my children return from time with the grandparents, we have a little period of time that we affectionately call "DETOX".

It starts with the harsh, HARSH reality that involves that little pesky word, you know which one I'm referring to...


No, you may not have Twizzlers for breakfast.
No, you may not eat yogurt on the couch.
No, you may not watch TV whenever you want.
No, potato chips do not constitute a vegetable.
No, you may not watch one more show because it will help you fall asleep.
No, you may not hear the word "yes" to every request.

It never fails to amaze me when our parents allow our children to do something they would have NEVER (like over their dead body NEVER) let us do. It is an interesting study in human behavior ;-)

But don't get me wrong, a little detox is a small price to pay for time with the grandparents. Who else loves them, talks about them, cuddles them, and is humored by their antics more? And honestly even I am a little more lenient when we are around them. I guess that is because I figure they deserve the privilege of spoiling their grandkids. After all, they did raise us, care for us, provide for us, and say "no" to us enough to mold us into the people we are today.

And THAT was a pretty tall order.


Barb said...

Hello Alana,

Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving your sweet comment.

Uh Oh. I'm afraid I'm one of those nanas that makes you mommies have to issue the big "NO." But I have to tell you, someday when you're a nana, you'll get a huge kick out of spoiling your grandchild. It's what I fondly think of as get-even time.


It's nice to meet you!

life with the wisners said...

preach it, sister. my favorite is "no, you can't have another toy just because you're cute."

Janelle said...

Girl, you know it. may not stay up until 1:00 eating ice cream in bed and watching 15 movies. NOT HEALTHY!

But...I can't wait to be the one who can spoil my grandbabies! That will be the best!

Rochelle said...

LOL! I always say that we have to de-lola-ize (Lola means grandma in Tagalog/Philippino) when my daughter spends ANY length of time with my mom. Oh the truth to this post!!!! AMEN AMEN AMEN!!

michelle said...

As a kid I remember being on the spoiling end and I still love those times with my grandparents! It is magic how all the rules change from being a parent to a grandparent. I'm going to have so much fun as a grandma someday!