I've been absent for a few days.
I was on a mission.
My mission was to care for my two grand littles for two whole days while their mommy and daddy went to work.
Now I know from experience that a 3 year old and a 2 year old can be exhausting. But hard? Please, I am a woman of experience. I am a woman of years. I am a woman of reason. And I have managed to raise a few littles of my own while keeping plastic bags off heads and running with scissors to a minimum. As far as I know all of my littles have reached kidadulthood with fingers, toes and limbs intact.
Here are my two little darlings on our first morning together. They are having a lovely breakfast of orange juice, dippy eggs and sausages that I prepared for them. It is 6:00 am.
Is God even awake at 6:00 am? Never mind, the littles were hungry and I was up to the task of feeding them.
Oh what a wonderful day. We went to the park, visited my parents and had a picnic lunch. A refreshing three hour nap later and we all began preparing dinner for mommy and daddy.
I ended the evening by meeting up with old friends for a cocktail. By the time I arrived back at the littles' house, everyone was tucked in bed and sound asleep.
Until 2:00 am. And 3:00 am. And 5:00 am.
And of course everyone was up by 6:00 am.
Apparently the peaceful ease of my first day "on the job" was a tactic littles use to lull their prey into a false sense of superiority.
The second day:
6:00 am - everyone is awake and in the kitchen.
6:30 am - Mommy and Daddy leave for work.
6:35 am - Little #1 informs me she must go potty.
6:40 am - Little #1 tells me she needs privacy in the bathroom and asks that little #2 be removed.
Little #2 does not want to leave the potty room. Little #1 screeches at a never before heard by human ears decibel rating that SHE NEEDS PRIVACY.
I turn my back for one minute and little#2 begins to cry. She is clutching her arm in pain. This is the conversation that ensues:
Me: Little #1 - did you hit your sister?
Little #1 - no, I bit her
Little #2 - wailing at top of HER lungs
Me: (picking up #2, and carrying out of bathroom) Don't you dare bite your sister!
As I stepped over the threshold of the bathroom I heard the most sickening sound of all. The door slammed and a soft click of the door lock followed. Little #1 had shut the door and locked us out.
Me: #1, you unlock this door this instant.
Me: #1, can you hear me?
Me: #1, this is Nani - you come out right now.
Me: #1, do you want me to call your daddy and have him come home?
By now I am frantically trying to remember if my daughter-in-law has any chemicals or toxins stored under the bathroom sink that #1 may have gotten in to. I am also looking for something, anything, to stick in the little hole in the doorknob to somehow unlock the door.
Me: #1, can you hear me? Little #2 has stopped crying and is watching me with amusement. It is apparent she has witnessed this little scene before.
7:00 am: #1 has been locked up for 20 minutes. Okay, no time to panic. I am an adult. I am experienced. I am Super Nani... THINK! I cannot call my son and DIL in a panic... can I call the fire department in a panic? Will the FD keep it confidential - I mean do my son and DIL have to know about this little incident?
I decide to try a little psychology (pun intended)
Me: #2, let's go play. Just leave #1 by herself, you and Nani will have so much fun. (said while pretending to walk away from bathroom door)
I force myself to wait for a full 3 minutes all the while with my ear pressed to the door.
Me: #1 I've had enough. If you don't come out right now Nani will not take you to your dance lesson.
I hear a a very slight rustling, a turn of a lock and the door swings open.
Little#1: Okay, I'm ready.
Little#2: Hi #1 (giggling)
The rest of day went fine but I will never underestimate the power of a little again. At 6:30 pm I head out the door for the long, peaceful drive home.
I slept like a log (not a little) last night.
And seriously, I can't wait until I can do it all over again!
A Cook's Notes: I'm still putting my house back together from the hardwood floor installation and the stair man is coming today to refinish the staircase. Tonight's dinner is a repeat of a previous post: Pork Tenderloin and Homemade Applesauce. Bon Appetite!