Reflecting on the week ahead of me I am delighted but a little daunted by the prospect of amusing 3 children under 10 while their parents work. These are my adored grandchildren and I love them to bits, but will I have the energy to keep them all amused?
Chekhov considered the work of an artist/writer, to be “the proper presentation of the problem”, so I tried to analyse the root of my anxiety. It became clear that I feel bound to stimulate and educate the grandchildren, while feeding them nutritious meals, sticking to their proper sleep patterns, keeping them clean and safe, and ensuring that they are happy and having fun at all times. When I consider these goals, I see that they are idealistic and possibly unrealistic given a) the British weather and b) my age and situation.
So I cast my mind back to the things they have really enjoyed in the past and I realise that it is the simple things that bring the most pleasure. So we can put away the Ipads, Xboxes, Dvds and electronic games and instead get out the wellies and walk!
Dodging the raindrops dressed in wellies and macs,
Jumping in puddles to make a big splash
Picking up pebbles to throw in the stream,
Peeping through fences, who knows what you’ll see
Goats, cows, pigs and hens abound
Sheep in the fields with their lambs all around
Watch a man in a red tractor cut grass in the park
Ring grandma’s doorbell and hear her dog bark.
In the sky there are seagulls, helicopters and planes
As we walk past the airport along country lanes.
The roads are too busy with vehicles galore
Lorries, trucks, buses, police cars and more.
Popping into the pet shop to see what is new
Stanley climbs up a ladder to get a good view
Of fish, bearded dragons, geckos, rabbits, snakes too.
Reaching the playground we ride the model train
Taking trips to the seaside and then back again
Eating our picnic in the playhouse was fun
The day passed too quickly but now it is done
Walking back was an adventure, we walked on the walls
Spotting birds, trees and flowers, ladybirds and snails
I can’t wait for tomorrow to do it all again.