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MRS. MURFREESBORO: A personal wish list when babysitting grandchildren

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My husband Tommy and I have been visiting -- and babysitting -- our grandchildren. They moved from New York to  Charlotte, N.C., at year’s end and are very happy there.

They play in a real backyard, ride bicycles and drive to school (instead of walking 10 blocks each way). We stayed with the girls for two nights while Mom and Dad enjoyed a get-away.

Anne left beautifully detailed notes about schedules, food and entertainment, but despite these wonderful tips there are some things that I am going to ask for next time I am in charge.

Among these are:

A top and bottom that match for every sippy cup
I’m going to ask her to have  them on the countertop in full view.

I am sure there are reasons why tops and bottoms to sippy cups don’t match, but when a child is waiting for their water/and or other drink it can be very frustrating to try one that doesn’t leak because it seems no two are alike. Anne says it's equally frustrating to wash them and put them away since they don't dry well.

A clock
Young adults are so attached to their cell phones that they use them as clocks, but I, however, am in the  habit of looking at a stove, a clock or some other appliance for the time.

In Anne’s defense, she does have a big one in the hallway upstairs (where she no doubt checks the time when getting the children dressed for school) and there is one on the microwave. The buttons on the microwave have vanished due to many years of use. I know she hasn’t had time to fool with it. However, I need one downstairs without having to track down my phone to get the children to  school on time.

And an alarm clock by our beside would really be “the berries.” Chris told us the time always changes and the radio is often on due to cute little hands pressing buttons, so I truly understand why they don't have one there all the time.

A specific guide on operating the television
I know that no two systems are the same and one remote probably goes with the cable system and another with the  TV, but when I hit the wrong button while grandchild Jeanne is anxiously awaiting “Doc McStuffins,” it would really be helpful if you could  post some hints about things that have worked for you under such situations.

Just sayin’.

A note saying whether or not it’s OK to put syrup on the girls’ pancakes
Jeanne has told me “yes,” and while she has never tried to pull the wool over my eyes, I really want to do what’s OK by Mom and can’t decide how to call this one. Jeanne is reaching the age where she knows she can trick me.

And do we use the organic whole milk or the 2 percent organic milk?
As I am typing this I wonder why I even ask because what difference is one cup of milk going to make as long as everything else is going OK?

And while I appreciate you texting me frequently to make sure things are OK, will you  please return my texts when I ask you to please text ASAP?
It was really scary when Mary Mac locked herself in your bathroom, and while Dad figured out how to climb in a window, we thought if this had happened to you before, you possibly would have had an answer.

And finally...

Will you please leave the key to the liquor closet?
Although you always are generous with beer and have only the best wine available, sterner times call for sterner measures and I have a feeling that after the children are in bed we’ll be needing some relief.

With many thanks…’til next week.

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