Yesterday was my granddaughter's birthday - the one who is now four years old. When I woke up I imagined her sweet little face when she got up, excitement starting from the moment she opened her eyes. I made myself wait until 7:15 when I knew she and her brother would be in the truck with Daddy going to school and then I called. Instead of saying hello she yelled, "Grandma!" Oh, I thought, she is so thrilled that I've called - she was probably waiting for me. After all she loves me and I'm probably her favorite person in the whole world. I bet she even likes me better than her....well a little exaggeration never hurts does it? I told her good morning and happy birthday and asked her if she was 27 years old today. "No! Grandma, I'm four years old today. I need to talk to Grandpa."
Excuse me? This is Grandma calling. Your favorite person, remember? I explained that Grandpa wasn't home right then. Dead Silence. I could hear the wheels turning...Grandpa's not home, it's early morning, where could he be? I often take care of the children if they're sick so they see me without Grandpa, but Grandpa without Grandma, not so much. "Where's Grandpa?"
Now this is a smart little four year old but I wasn't sure I could explain a weekly men's prayer breakfast so I just told her he had gone out to eat breakfast with friends. Again - Dead Silence. Wheels turning....breakfast out...we're not on vacation....what's up with that. So I offered a solution. Would you like for me to have Grandpa call you tonight? "Yes, tell Grandpa to call me tonight I need to talk to him." Fine. Just fine missy.
As you can well imagine Grandpa nearly busted his buttons when I told him, and he could hardly wait for night to come so he could call. She NEEDED to talk to him. Meanwhile, the birthday girl went to school where she talked to all her friends about her birthday, and had cupcakes for her birthday, and went to church after school where everyone said happy birthday, and then came home where by the time Grandpa called she had already talked to her other grandparents, aunts, uncles, and various cousins. I guess she got talked out because when he told her happy birthday she said thanks and handed the phone to her sister. And, once again, justice prevailed.