My mom and I are best friends. We see eachother almost every day. We talk on the phone a dozen times a day. We email throughout the day, too. We travel together. We shop together, we laugh, we fight. It's a great relationship.
And, luckily for me, my mom babysits my boys during the week when I am at work. And the days she does not babysit? She usually sees us, anyway. She misses the boys if a day goes by and she has not seen them - and the boys miss her, too. They are very attached to her. She is very giving, very attentive, and she has amazing patience with them. She will talk to the boys as her equal, explain things to them, teach them, read to them, paint with them, cook with them.
She takes them out on countless outings - from museums, to shopping trips, to walks in the park, swimming and play dates - she really does it all. And oh yeah - she even manages to find time to cook for them! I don't know how she does it. Basically, she is just a terrific mom and grandmother, and I could NOT do it without her. She is my saviour, truly.
The only skill she lacks, though, is that of 'hairdresser'. She has been known to cut my children's hair from time to time, when she thinks their bangs are getting too long.
And each time, I tell her: "Mom, please NEVER EVER do that again - this is why we take them to a hairdresser!"
And each time, she tells me she won't do it again. Until next time. She will never learn!
A few days ago, I get home from work, only to discover she had cut Dimitry's bangs. A little too short for my liking.
"Mom!" I said, "What did you do?"
Her response? "It wasn't me - it was Christos!"
I see we have another problem altogether on our hands now, as giving scissors to my almost 4 year old to cut his almost 18 month old brother's hair is um... not the best idea. However, she was right there, and he only cut off one part, which in turn made her cut the rest of it, to try to even it out.
This is the end result of said haircut:
He's still the cutest baby, ever, in my humble opinion. And his bangs will grow quickly, right?