While I was still in Ohio, Hubby got real ambitious. He gave his four LSU tickets away to the kids to go tailgate and watch the game in Baton Rouge. That's when I asked him, "Who's watching Parker?" Then quickly reminded him that his mother and father were out of town for the weekend. From the other end of the telephone line I could almost see the look on his face. I told him that I supposed HE would just have to watch her...after all it was a day game. It wasn't like he would have to keep her overnight by himself. He reminded me that he had never kept her by himself. I reminded him that I had. No big deal...right"?! (He-He!)
Now, I have kept Parker Ann many times by myself, even overnight when Hubby has been out of town. Yes, she likes to keep you busy, but the most important rule is: PACE YOURSELF. I tried to emphasize this rule when Hubs face timed me early Saturday morning. Sure, the game was a day game, but that also meant that Parker would be dropped off early and they wouldn't be back until late. I'm afraid he did not heed my warning concerning that rule.
He went home in hopes of watching some of the LSU game on television while Parker napped. He put her in the play room, turned her movie on and settled into his recliner. That's when her sent me this text message: "I NEED YOU! I don't know HOW you do it." Now, THAT is what I'm talking about! (Ha Ha!) I've been waiting 30 long years to hear those words. And ya know what my reply was? "I'm a Ya Ya and I have magical Ya Ya Powers!" About that time (10 minutes after putting her in the play room...), Parker came back into the room and said, "Oh, Poppi, I am so glad I took that nap...now can we paint?!" I don't think they painted, but Poppi DID make Play Dough cupcakes with her while they watched the game.
In all honesty, I have to admit that he did really good with a 3 year old...all day...by himself. I don't know many grandfathers who would be up for that task, so I have to give him 2 THUMBS UP! After all, as I like to say..."You were just making some more memories. And to me it looked like you had an awfully LOT of FUN losing that "Man Card" of yours!" (wink, wink!)