I’m going back to “Gramma” School. Yup, this month we were blessed with a new grandson, so I’m looking forward to spending some time with the little guy and his big sister. Being a grandmother really is one of the best things in life!
However, I’ve discovered (surprise, surprise) that a few things have changed over the last 30 years, so it seems that one must approach this “parenting-that- is-grand” phase with a life-long learning approach. One aspect that is usually different – though not always – is that grandparents have more time. For me, this rings especially true with reading. As a former teacher, I knew the “read-it-again” rule about re-reading books that kids like, because they learn from the repitition. With my own children, I probably managed 3 or 4 read-it-agains in one sitting. But as a grandparent, I’ve read and re-read certain books 8 or 9 times — or at least so many times that I was certain we had both memorized it and that I was going to go insane if I read it again. (I copped out and suggested that maybe Grandpa could read it again after bathtime.)
Oh — you want to know what that book was? Well, it’s Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samatha Berger. It’s a delightful little picture book with lots of pink coloring, though I could never figure out if Martha was a seal or a weasel or what kind of animal she was, other than a cute one. And why did my precious, perfectly behaved granddaughter want to read that particular book so many times? I’ll never know. I didn’t ask. Oh, yeah, that’s just one of the other little rules I’ve learned in Gramma School.