It’s pretty much a universal thing, that sense of dread that creeps over parents about the time they realize their little one needs to ditch the diapers. Potty training, the stuff of parental heebie-jeebies.
I don’t mind it, though. Truth be told, I rather enjoy those early months when toddlers need some help in the bathroom. Not only does it keep them in one spot for a few minutes (yay!), but I’ve had some of the best conversations with the grands while they were seated on the flushing throne. I’ve told the story of one of my favorite potty conversations before, so if you’ve heard this, please accept my apology. I’m awaiting the arrival of grandchild #7, so maybe I’ve reached the stage when repeating myself will become the norm. ;O)
Miss S is seven now, but back when she was two, she liked to start many of our conversations, especially those we had while she was using the washroom, by saying, "Grammy, let's talk about stuff." Always the willing partner, I’d smile and ask her what she'd like to talk about. On this particular day, she wanted to know all about my "favorites." She grilled me for a few minutes about a variety of my favorite things (My answers included: blue, bread pudding, the pig from Charlotte's Web, her funky sweater dress, Miss Honey, apples with peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and snow angels. If you'd like to know what the questions were, I'd be happy to fill you in.) Finally, she got to her last question. "Grammy, who is your favorite person?"
Now, I was 46 years old at the time and I knew a trick question when I heard one, but I didn't consider fibbing or even sugarcoating my answer. I told her that I love lots of people: her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course, her. I finished up by saying, “But if I have to pick just one favorite person, I guess I'd pick Grampy."
Her big blue eyes widened and my little Sleeping Beauty-obsessed granddaughter exclaimed, "You love Grampy MORE than Princess Aurora?!"
Yes, Sweet Pea, even more than Princess Aurora.
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