About Grandpa Tales

Grandpa Tales is a collection of adventures and reflections from a Grandpa’s perspective.

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About Grandpa Tales

Grandpa Tales is a collection of adventures and reflections from a Grandpa’s perspective.

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Battle of the Sexes

By on December 20, 2016 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

I pulled, she held on, I pulled harder. She wouldn’t let go setting up a classic battle of the sexes.

“Give me the spoon”, I said. She just smiled and tightened her grip.

“Hey, I’m not kidding, give me the spoon.” No response.

She pulled the spoon from my hand. I watched in horror as the food on her spoon moved unabated to her growing head of hair.

“I’m not doing well here”, I mumbled, hoping that she would understand my frustration and take pity on me. I not only wasn’t feeding her, I now had a head of hair filled with food to clean up.

Lila, my one-year old granddaughter, was relentless.

I tried another spoonful. It was like playing airplane. Remember that game you played with your kids to get them to eat. You made believe the spoon was an airplane. You made the sound of an airplane engine, moved the spoon in a circuitous pattern until the plane (with the food on it) landed in their mouth.

Although I wasn’t playing airplane, I was moving the spoon around just to keep her from grabbing it. I was losing. She was faster and stronger than I was.

She invented a new game, a game that I wasn’t familiar with and clearly not very good at.

I could almost hear her say, “My house, my rules, Grandpa.”

I wondered what was going on. Last week I lost the puzzle game to a four-year old and seven-year old. Now I was losing the feeding game to a one-year old.

“I’m losing my touch”, I said to my wife.

She smiled and said, “I’ll get you a wash cloth so you can clean up her hair.”

Oh my!

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