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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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It’s OK Grandpa

By on January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized with 4 Comments

“I want to watch Daniel Tiger, Pa”, Paige asked.

“I’m not sure your mother wants you to watch it in the afternoon. She said you can watch it at bedtime.” I responded in my best adult, I’m in charge around here, voice.

“Mama lets me watch it before nap”, she responded. I could grasp immediately that the negotiation started. But before I could say another word, Edie said, “Paige is right, Hannah does let her watch a few minutes before nap.” Who knew this would end up a mediation.

Paige, seeing that I was a bit deflated said, “It’s OK Grandpa, as she brought me the TV remote.”

A few hours later, we’re getting ready to have dinner when Paige asked if she could have an apple.

I said, “Not now Paige, we’re having dinner soon.”

“Mama lets me have an apple.” And before I could respond she said, “I want the whole apple.”

I looked at Edie, she nodded, and I said, “OK. I didn’t realize you wanted the whole apple.

“It’s OK Grandpa”, is all she said as she bit into the apple, which was twice the size of her hand.

We were having pizza for dinner; Edie put some carrots on her plate.

“Paige, don’t forget to eat your carrots”, I coached.

“It’s OK Grandpa. I eat them after my pizza.”

Paige, who is two and a half, is persistent and exudes confidence. She has every situation under control. But to just say she’s persistent and confident is like saying Tom Brady hopes to win every football game. It doesn’t quite describe the magnitude of the point you’re trying to make.

How many times has someone said they wanted to do something you weren’t sure they should do? This happens to all of us. It’s quite common.

And what’s the response you get when you show any sign of concern or caution in these situations? Usually, an explanation. Sometimes the explanation is well thought out, sometimes you get a hostile response like – how dare you question me.

But sometimes, as I found out this weekend, you’re told: it’s OK, don’t worry, I got this.

I met my match.

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  1. Karen says:

    So cute! Who would guess she wasn’t just trying to wrap her grandpa around her pretty little finger! Paige has everything under control!

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