My husband and I just spent a week taking care of four of our grandchildren while their parents went on a much needed couples vacation. Remember, we raised ten children. How hard could four cute little kids be?
Yeah, you got it. It took both of us, with no time devoted to earning a living, to keep up with them and we are were very happy to welcome their parents back home. It was a reality check of our diminishing energy level. 🙂
Two month ago we returned from an eighteen month mission for our church. We were busy on the mission (supporting the younger missionaries) but it didn’t tax our energy level as much as tending grandchildren did. 🙂
While on the mission, we lived in an apartment in the Atlanta, Georgia area and had most of our evenings and weekends to ourselves. We would have enjoyed seeing our grandchildren during that time too, but they lived too far away.
On the mission, the weekends and evenings worked fine for me because I could work on my writing and catch up on some reading. But my husband had a harder time. He loved to garden and was good at household repairs. When we had a problem with the apartment, he was supposed to call the management and there was no place to grow anything. Gardening was how he relaxed and I could see he really missed it. The minute he got home, he was outside repairing planter boxes and pruning fruit trees.
About a year ago, I wrote a short article titled Children or Tomatoes that talks about gardening and raising children. So I’m tying these two topics together. 🙂 The article was published in Utah’s Senior Review last fall. To read it, go to published essays on this website.