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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Flypaper thoughts from the chesterfield

  • A chesterfield is what they call a couch in Canada
  • Or a settee in Australia
  • It's where I'm at
  • Day two of three days of taking care of three kids six and under
  • While their parents are at a wedding 
  • The part about this I forgot was how much you put into them
  • More than you feel you've got
  • At least by 4:15 in the afternoon
  • Or 6:00 a.m. in the morning
  • So much more, but it's there
  • It always is
  • Makes me realize how much got poured into my own three
  • In afternoons long forgotten
  • That's why you never quite get over it
  • Why old ladies stop young mothers in the street and say
  • Enjoy this, it is the best time of your life
  • They grow up so fast
  • And young mothers can't quite believe them
  • A noble prize for the company that can invent a modern stroller that does not require a degree in engineering to open
  • "Push the button Babs, push the button"
  • Not that button
  • It does nothing
  • I know two grandmothers who bought their own strollers just to have one they could open
  • I am one of them
  • Another prize for someone who can figure out a way of putting three car seats in a van that doesn't require a resume from the Cirque du Soleil 
  • Do you know there are bottles that have removable bottoms?
  • Best screw those on before you fill them
  • Get that ready at night
  • Although not doing that really entertains the troops
  • Make sure the cat is out of the room before you close the door
  • Slides that have curves are slower
  • How is it that the kid who had such a messy room
  • Has a house you have to tidy before she comes home?
  • Filling up the blow up pool with cups instead of the hose works
  • It can take you nearly to 4:15
  • Why would anyone take a bowl of water to bed?
  • If you move the pillow to the bottom of the bed you are not on the wet part
  • You are short
  • You are four
  • It will be OK
  • We will fix that tomorrow before Mommy comes home
  • Right after we find Billy's shoe
  • And the bandaids
  • It will be OK
  • Yes I will tell you the story about the time Babs found a severed racoon hand on the chesterfield
  • Under a cushion
  • More stories tomorrow
  • Do you want the one about the boy who ate the pencil or about the time Babs put all Buddy's jewellery in the hole in the tree?
  • When she was two
  • Yes you can have a sleepover at my house
  • All of you
  • Maybe not next weekend
  • OK?


Jodie said...

Hahahaha! Hope you survive day 3 and get a little rest to recover.

Nursebennett said...

Can I EVER identify! Adopted our four year-old grandson in 2014. He is now six and starts first grade next week. I'll be 55 next month, my husband 78. We love bedtime! Lol

Elle said...

Hilarious! Are you laughing now--or will that have to wait until Day Three has run its course?

Eugenia said...

This really touched a nerve and made me cry.Yes. Cry! And smile all at the same time. Enjoy your little ones and their parent too - time passes far too quickly :)

Anonymous said...

Well, enjoy day 3! Hopefully the weather stays good.

Grandson and I recently enjoyed a couple quiet hours with a box of cornstarch and one of those boxes of 4 colors of food coloring, this is probably best explored outside by the wading pool and with those who are not prone to eat just anything. I appreciated the non-running around aspect even if the resulting splotches of color on things that weren't colorful before was surprising to those returning home.


Patricia Gardner said...

I love your post. I got home at 10:30 pm last night after spending 16 wonderful days with my 2 granddaughters. I loved every minute of it. I did not sew one stitch and my feet really hurt. I slept with the 8 year old and I use the word "slept" loosely. I am grateful for every single minute, even the one where the little one put a glass of water down on a table and missed the table and the water went into the older girl's new shoes.

Every summer I spend 4 weeks at least with these girls, two weeks on, two weeks off and two weeks on. I keep them after Christmas Day until the day before they go back to school after New Years. They spend their spring break with me, also. I retired early and took a different job with a schedule that aligns with the school system so I could truly enjoy these days. They will not come again.

Aren't we blessed?

garnet128 said...

I'm a grandmother....I hear you loud and clear!

Marianne said...

Oh yes. I do not have grandkids but whenever I look after a child for a while I remember raising my own and think about how grueling parenthood is. Amazing that we all survive it, and hopefully with sense of humour intact.

Mary said...

Add me to the list of grandmothers who bought their own stroller. Now if I could just get my daughter to give it back to me....

Scenic Route said...

Very, very timely. Randy & I are watching our Honolulu Munchkins for 1 week, starting tomorrow morning. They're older, but in lots of activities. Up late and rise early--just the opposite of us! All good though. Free room and board and transportation--in Honolulu no less!

Sally King said...

Six grandkids under 11 and one 9 year old adopted daughter. They all live near us so they get to grow up together as we grow old. Wouldn't have it any other way.

SuzieB said...

I want to hear the story about the raccoon hand in the chesterfield!

LinB said...

In NC we call that piece of furniture a "sofa."

Lived in Wisconsin for a while. Natives there questioned me, "Do you get your water from a 'tap' or from a 'spigot'?" I get my water from a faucet.

Ain't language wonderful?