I think we've all heard those horrible stories about mother-in-laws. About how overbearing, controlling and malicious they could be. About how miserable they could and would make your life. Maybe all those stories are baloney or maybe I'm one of the lucky few. Because my mother-in-law is wonderful.
Punkey stayed at home with her six kids. She and her husband (who passed before I ever got to meet him) put all of their kids through private school, shuffled the kids back and forth to swim meets, soccer practices, etc., came home and cooked dinner every night and kept the house spotless in the meanwhile.
|Bubba, with his Johnny Rockets hat. February 2, 2014.|
She's got a lot of spunk and verve. She's an amazing story-teller. That sold me from day one -- I've always been a sucker for a good story. She's very adventurous and amazing with kids. Hands down, when it comes to advice with kids, she's always spot on.
And the kids? They adore her. So of course they weren't going to pass up a lunch invitation from Grandma! We went to Johnny Rockets. (Yes, yes, I know, it's terrible for you. But we only go maybe twice a year.) And this is how GENIUS my mother-in-law is... Knowing in advance that the kids would get restless waiting for the food, she brought a game with her for us to play while we waited.
|Banana Girl and Punkey. February 2, 2014.|
It wasn't anything fancy. It didn't have all the bells, whistles and noise that most games these days have. It was a simple dice game called "Left, Center, Right." The object is to win the jackpot in the middle. If you roll a "L", you pass one of your coins to the left, "C" you put your coin in the jackpot, "R" you pass to the right and if you roll a dot, you get to keep your coins. The kids enjoyed playing and before we knew it, our food was being served.
It's amazing that some of the simplest things can keep the kids happy, entertained and quiet. What could have become a stressful situation was totally prevented, resulting in a relaxing, pleasant lunch for us all. I can't say enough how thankful I am to have been blessed with such a great woman for a mother-in-law!