Thursday, August 19, 2010

Babysitting

I feel like I've been rode hard, spurred deep, and put up wet. I did babysitting duty today for my great nephew Jordan.
Now he is really easy because he is a very intelligent and well behaved kid that does what I ask him to do.
But on my watch, he gets my undivided attention. I don't check email, I don't watch TV, I don't take naps , I don't do chores. I watch the kid.
I'm grateful that the weather moderated today because we spent most of the time outside. I ran by the dollar store yesterday and bought up a bunch of outdoor toys. So today we played wiffle ball, blew millions of bubbles, walked to the barn, fed the chickens, fed the deer, and watered every plant in the county.
He noticed that one of the bluebird houses was coming apart and was concerned. I said, why don't we fix it!
He was all for it. So I got the tools out, which included a battery powered screw driver/drill. I held him up so that he could remove the screws holding the birdhouse to the tree. I then helped him unscrew the door and bottom of the house. While I was looking for new hardware to make the repairs, he commandeered the screw driver and tried to drill everything in sight.
When we got new, longer screws in the birdhouse and it was sound again, I held him up and let him reattach it to the tree. "Now Nen" he said with a look of satisfaction on his face.
His grandpa had gotten home just after lunch but we were still working on the birdhouse and Jordan is not the kind of kid to leave a project undone so he wanted to stay.
After the birdhouse job, He found the wheelbarrow and pushed it around for two hours until he was exhausted.
When we went inside for a water break, he decided to go on home.  I talked to his grandpa a short time later and Jordan was sound asleep.
Watching kids is hard work, but it's fun. I hope that when he is older, his has fond memories of the time we spend together.

4 comments:

  1. I hope you are right.

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  2. I remember so much about my wonderful grandmother. You gave him great joy today.

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  3. Hello,I am Leyla I stumbled upon your page here. I like what I read. Babysitting was great look into one of those treasured days with a kid. Sweet how you went to the dollar store to find outdoor toys and the birdhouse was perfect. I am sure you and he will have a very fond memory of this day.
    Smiles to you!

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  4. My great nephew woke up this morning telling his mother "Uncle Rick" - followed by a bunch of excited jabbering she didn't understand.
    She said, he must have had a good time.

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