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Cool Ol' Gramps Pushes The Panic Button
Background, Part 1: Given two years and two months of weekly visits and adventures with his wee Angel, Gramps felt confident...real confident. In his mind he had reached the stage of capable, cool-headed caregiver. He figured he was doing a great job at balancing the boundary-stretching, splorin'-with-Gramps activities that Angel enjoyed (hanging from railings, jumping in lakes, etc.) with the boundary-setting limits that Mommy had placed on both of them (nothing too dangerous, no eating dirt, etc.). Gramps held an inner sense of pride in his ability to ensure Angel had fun, while adhering to Gramps's requests. Alas, nothing lasts forever.
Background, Part 2: After two years and two months of being nothing but an Angel (at least in Gramps's see-her-only-once-a-week eyes), something strange began to happen. From somewhere within his lovely little granddaughter, a devious, Devil In Disguise started to spring forth. Mommy recently began sharing stories of Angel throwing hissy-fits and using I'll-cry-till-I-get-my-way strategies. 'Twas time for the Terrible Twos. Since Gramps had not yet experienced this devilry first-hand, he confidently envisioned being able to coolly deal with Angel's outbursts. Alas, nothing lasts forever.
Scene 1: Angel & Gramps had just spent over two hours joyfully splashing and swimming in the local pool. As he had done many times before, when ready to go, Gramps let Angel know they had two more minutes to play. Then it happened! Angel's eyes defiantly turned to Gramps, her bottom lip dropped into a big-time pout, and the crying began. It continued full-tilt all the while they climbed out of the pool, showered, dried off, and got dressed. Gramps thought he did his level best to remain cool, even as he self-consciously observed other adults gazing at him as if he was some ol' meany, or worse yet, not in control. Upon leaving the building, carrying his still-wailing Angel, Gramps assumed things would finally get a bit easier to handle when they got to his car. Not!
Scene 2: As always, Gramps opened the car doors, threw his keys on the front seat, and began buckling his Angel into her rear car seat. Her cupboard cry (Grandma's term for this type of tizzy) continued. Suddenly, Gramps realized that he was using what seemed like a tad more firmness in tightening Angel's seat belts. Hmm, was he getting just a wee bit frazzled, he thought to himself? No, couldn't be, not cool ol' Gramps. When Angel was safely buckled in, Gramps closed her door and gave a big sigh of relief. At least they were on their way home now and this uncomfortable stress would end soon. Then the big one hit!
Climax: At the precise moment Gramps tugged on his door handle...panic struck! It wouldn't open! It was locked! Now in a frenzy, no-longer-cool-ol-Gramps raced around the car grasping at every door handle, praying that just one of them would open. Not a chance. Then, for just a millisecond, he sensed relief as he recalled the spare key he now keeps in his wallet (based on similar past learning opportunities). But hope quickly vanished as he realized he'd left his wallet, spare key and all, safely secured inside the car when they went into the pool. So there he stood, despondent, outside the car, gazing in at his wee Angel whom he'd just locked inside. As one small bonus, Angel had ceased her crying spell while she inquistively stared out at Gramps, trying to understand why he was acting so weird. Meanwhile, thoughts of being charged with child negligence, or worse, began to race through ol' Gramps's now-scattered mind. But there is a God.
Resolution: Fortunately, Gramps had left his window down. But unfortunately, not down far enough that he could reach the door lock, or the keys which were sitting there, ever-so-invitingly, right on the middle of his car seat. After unsuccessful attempts to force the window down, then trying to reach the keys with desperately-torn-off tree branches, Gramps actually contemplated breaking the window. But finally, an overdue bit of composure and common sense returned to the ol' dude. He managed to acquire a coat hanger, gingerly hook onto the keys, tenderly fish them through the window opening, and with one huge sigh of relief, open his door. Then, just as Gramps gratefully plopped down into his seat, his wee Angel put an end to the episode with four wonderful words: "Gramps, I'm happy now". Little did she know how happy, and how relieved, ol' Gramps was.
Moral To This Story: Gramps, you're not always as calm, cool, and collected as you might think you are.
My thanks to Amanda McQuaig, Wilma Leung, Sano Stante, Doug Harrison, Herman Rebneris, Ken Sawatsky, John Chepil, George Pinch, Dave Fisher, John Vukanovich, and Karen Parusel for their comments, tips, and resources. I hope you find something of value in this newsletter.
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