I just returned from two weeks holiday. The second week was fun as I watched my two little granddaughters.
My daughters gave me nail polish and we paint toes.
Sitting outside under the shade of a tree I carefully applied nail polish to their ten fingers and ten toes and it looked pretty good. It’s a good thing we were sitting outside on grass when it was their turn to paint my nails. The left hand and toes were pink; the right hand and toes were purple. We did this another time in March when I watched the little girls. I always send pictures out of my day with the grandkids. When my daughter saw that picture, she declared, “That looks like a crime scene.” So I titled the June email CSI Woodstock when I sent the pictures out to my daughters and friends.
When my own daughters were little I needed encouragement; any encouragement would have helped me out and I taught them to say “You’re the best mommy in the whole wide world” even if they didn’t mean it at the time.
In March one daughter (age 30 something) had eye surgery, required constant eye drops, walking and driving assistance for several days. When she recovered, I heard what I hadn’t heard that in decades. “You’re the best mommy in the whole wide world.”
I stayed in Illinois an extra day to watch the grandkids so both parents could go to work rather than stay home with sick children. No big deal for me. Again I heard “You’re the best mommy in the whole wide world.”
Now decades later I’m teaching my granddaughters the same thing. My older daughter traveled with her husband on a business trip and I take her two little daughters to Auntie’s house. Auntie came home from work and she was greeted with “You’re the best auntie in the whole wide world.” Another day on the cell phone speaker the little girls yelled out to their Mom “You’re the best mommy in the whole wide world.”
My daughters are great. A Great Mom and a Great Auntie. For Mother’s Day I said I was passing on my title to her: She’s the best Mommy in the whole wide world.
Sometimes those little things make the best memories for your kids.