Is Grandma Rowley crazy? The obvious answer is, "yes, a little bit." An overwhelming lapse in clear thinking hits her every once in a while. She gets this idea in her head and her poor, submissive, eternal companion gives into her temporary insanity and "grandma's sleepover" is repeated, time and again. After each episode, sanity is then regained and we hear statements such as, "I don't think we can have ALL the grandkids at the same time again." and "maybe we should split the children into groups and have them take turns sleeping over" or "I am getting too old for this!" We all agree, and then a short time passes and we get yet another email from a penitent grandma, saying how much she misses her precious grandchildren and wants them all to come and play. Here we go again! The sleepless nights, colossal messes, skinned knees, and an endless sea of pancakes and macaroni and cheese. Is it all worth it? Will she ever learn?
Yes, she will promise up and down that it is worth it, that nothing gives her more joy than her grandbabies playing and laughing together! This time, she exclaimed, all the children slept through the night and that this was by far the smoothest weekend so far! Could it be true? It's hard to know for certain since grandma sees those little rugrats through rose-colored glasses. All we DO know for sure is that our children LOVE these weekends with their cousins, and having full reign to do as they please at Grandpa and Grandma Rowley's Farm. Rules are forgotten, teeth don't have to be brushed, pajamas can be worn until dinner time, horse and quad rides are endless, and ice cream is served 24/7! Paradise!
As for us parents, we are grateful to Grandma for giving our children these priceless memories that they will cherish all their lives and giving US a few hours to spend together, going on a date or just relaxing. Thank you!