Nana Loves Her Job!
Somehow the kids think that every time we walk out the door we are going to work. It is a daily thing at our house to announce who goes to work and who stays with kids and then after lunch visits it’s announced all over again. So when Nana babysits at our house she leaves to go home and the kids think she is now going to work. I understand how difficult it is for the little minds to figure it all out. They seem quite content with all three of us and it doesn’t matter who is home or at work as long as one of us is there with them.
We often ask the kids “where does Nana work?” because they accuse her of working. Some days she works at our house and other days she works at Nana’s house in the garden in the “back ard”… he’s onto something there. Nana likes to work. Right now she’s in her element. We need her to work. So her job right now is to care for the kids while we work but she takes it very seriously. This means she needs to bake pumkin bread and cook a roast for dinner and make muffins and have laundry on the line before I drop kids off at 8:45am. So I drop off the kids and ask if she’d like more laundry to hang out on the line because I just happened to have a basket of wet kids clothes in the van! I took a chance on that but I knew she could handle it.
When I call to chack on how everything is going I catch Nana on the cordless phone in the “back ard”. The laundry is all on the line and they are tackling the woodpile. Yes she works the kids too! They love to help and I’m guessing that’s how I learned to do so many useful things when I was younger – cooking, sewing, soldering, changing a flat tire, check the oil, use power tools… Nana taught me to be industrious. Now I’m beginning to see this happen in a new generation.
To see Tré follow Papa with his own measuring tape or watch little Dija throw tiny firewood into the pile simply makes me smile. They are more content to be working beside us than to sit by a television or play with a silly toy. Some days I know I need to slow my chores down a bit so they can help out…I know that sometimes the process of working at it together is more important than how much I accomplish. I’m learning…I’ll just keep watching Nana.