No time for a Good News Friday post today. It’s been a bit of a crazy week for me, having hosted my annual “kaytanat savta” (Camp Grandma) for my daughter’s children. I had intended to have the (5 out of 6) children in 2 groups – 2 pre-teens and 3 younger ones, but circumstances intervened.
Firstly, since we had been busy with my father-in-law in hospital for nearly 2 weeks, and the new school year rapidly approaching next week, time was short to hold two kaytanot. Secondly, the 2 older girls had very busy social schedules (veritable social butterflies they are!) so the intention was that would come to us for a Shabbat during the year instead of kaytana as “compensation”. However when I turned up to take the little ones, the two pre-teens preferred Grandma to Bnei Akiva. I was a little bit taken aback, but as a good friend said, “you should be chuffed that they prefer you to their friends”. Of course she’s right. But having 5 kids in my charge on my own (hubby was abroad on business) was a little bit tiring (understatement of the century here…).
After a night in which no one went to sleep much before midnight (and the older ones having swiped our iPads and hidden them under their pillows), followed by everyone up by 6 a.m. I took them to visit their great-grandparents, then the Gymboree, to a movie, and lunch at the mall, followed by the swimming pool, after which I was wiped out (as I’m sure you find hard to imagine ). The children on the other hand were still raring to go when their parents turned up 24 hours later!.. 😀
I had already hosted my son’s children a few weeks ago, but yesterday there was more excitement with the birthday party for my 7 year-old granddaughter (our son’s eldest). I counted 19 children there – and they were only family!
A good time was had by all and my daughter-in-law outdid herself with a fabulous birthday cake!
I wish all of you as much nachat from your children and grandchildren as we get from ours.
And now I wish you all Shabbat Shalom.