On a day when I was feeling very, very old I happened to catch The Talk on CBS. Julie Chen, who is at most 43, was demonstrating how she now has to get up off the floor after playing with her three-year old son, Charlie. I started to laugh because it was a perfect rendition of my trick for standing up after playing with my darling grand-daughter, coincidently named Charlie. Miss Chen refers to it as the five point maneuver, I simply refer to it as ungainly! I can’t tell you how happy I was to find out I would have had the same problem with playtime at fifty.
I want to know from any of you who had grandkids in your late sixties, what tricks you had for keeping up with them as toddlers, when your heart was in playing but your back refused to keep up. I want to be able to do everything my Mother was able to do with Charlie’s Father, but I am twenty years older than my Mom at this stage. Who out there, has any great tips, so I can enjoy every minute with this little doll?
I consider myself in pretty good shape and I have no real health issues. I’ve even been known to head her off at the pass, as they say, when it is only me and a bush between her and the street, but she’s gaining on me. She is getting stronger and braver and faster, and I say only a matter of months til she is smarter. However, I do have experience and cunning on my side, and since I do not want to miss even a minute of fun with her I will outfox her with your help.
I want her to have only great memories of her Nana, so this is now my number one priority. Maybe I can get a body double, that’s how they do it in the movies!