… since the arrival of my in-laws from Moldova.
- Cold drinks will make someone sick.
- Playing on a tile floor will make someone sick.
- Not being covered at night (with a thick, thick blanket) will make someone sick.
- Bumps and bruises truly do mean the end of the world is imminent.
- Children who are able to do things on their own should not be permitted to, under any circumstance.
- Washing hands in cold water will make someone sick.
- Changing a child’s diaper less frequently than once an hour will make the child sick.
- Wearing socks in the house without slippers will make someone sick.
- A person should never – under any circumstance – sit on the floor/ground.
- Flowers given upon arrival to welcome a guest should always be given in an odd number (11 or 13, not twelve).
- Children who suck on their fingers will be harmed for life.
- Children who suck on a pacifier will also be harmed for life, only not as drastically.
- Finding the balance in that whole ‘leaving mother and father and cleaving to wife’ thing takes practice.
- Grandparents waking up with the kids at night gives pregnant mommy a good night’s rest.
- A good night’s rest makes a pregnant mommy feel ten times better.
- Homeopathic bee pollen (courtesy of homeopathic doc-grandfather) is in fact a superfood for kids and adults alike.
- Going to see the pediatric neurologist isn’t nearly as intimidating when homeopathic doc/neurologist grandfather tags along.
- When grandparents play with the kids I get a lot more done.
- Having grandparents who love to garden means I don’t have to pull weeds.
ChickenTurkey noodle soup at the end of a long day makes it all better.
- Chocolate works better.
- Chocolate doesn’t work quite as well as a margarita (or cosmopolitan or mojito) would (but alas, I’m pregnant).
- 4-6 adults (depending on guests) and 2 children make for a very, very full house.
- I need a vacation.
I try to remind myself – daily – that even though their ideas seem odd to me, they aren’t much different than my own. Just like I kiss my fingers and touch them to the top of the car when I drive through a yellow light. Just like I believe that sitting too close to the TV will ruin my eyes. Just like I believe that drinking ice water out of a glass instead of a clear plastic cup ruins the flavor of the water. We all have little eccentricities. I’m just surrounded by a whole bunch that I’m not used to. And that are being imposed on my kids. But we’ll adjust. The kids will too, probably faster than me.