Friday, June 20, 2014

The Nest Isn't Empty Anymore.....

and the "office" is now doubling as a bedroom.

Our older grandson is in summer school at NCSU, and since his mom and siblings moved to Pinehurst last week, he is bunking with grandma and grandpa until he goes back to school in August.

There have been a few changes.....LOL   

Food is being consumed in mass quantities, once again, reminding me of the days when my son lived at home. Hollow legs seem to be genetic in the males of our family, and this kid is no exception. I have never been much of a cook  (or enjoyed doing it)  but he seems not to mind that my output might be less than stellar. He has been here three days and I have been to the store twice, and I still have a list!

He's trying not to gain weight. At 6'5" and around 200 pounds, I doubt he has much to worry about. A runner, soccer player and summer landscaper; he expends enough energy to take care of the food he eats without packing on the pounds. He saw me add 1/2 cup of sugar to a large bowl of sliced strawberries and chided me for it. I told him that boys his age need some sugar and carbs, and he would not suffer much for a little sugar, after which he ate three bowls full. He does turn down desserts though, and I marvel at his willpower. 

After telling him to put his dirty clothes in a hamper and carry it up to the laundry when it's full, he informed me that he had been doing his own laundry since he was very young. The (s)mother in me did all my children's laundry until they left for college, but maybe his mom did the right thing in teaching her kids how to care for their own clothing and how to cook enough to feed themselves. 

The other changes involve turning off lights and locking doors; things which apparently, he was not taught - or the teaching didn't take hold. But he is a very good kid, and always has been, so a few lights and locks don't bother me. What will bother me is when he leaves to move to his first apartment in August. I will miss cooking for someone who so obviously enjoys it, and I will miss his handsome face, sweet smile and endearing habits. 


10 comments:

OldLady Of The Hills said...

How wonderful to have your dear Grandson with you, dear Judy....I'm sure it has it's drawbacks, but it sounds like it also has much to recommend it! A young handsome guy around the house---Sounds great to me! (lol)
I am always amazed at the appetites of young men---as you said---A couple of Hollow Legs....! Enjoy, my dear.

Peruby said...

I know! You get used to a near empty house, then they move back in and it's like "Oh dear" then when they leave you are like "Oh, no!"

Thumper said...

I can't imagine trying to feed a hollow young man again...it's enough to feed his hollow older father ;)

I did he same thing as your daughter, though: when the Boy was 8 I started teaching him to do his own laundry, and by the time he was 12 it was his job. The rule became--for everyone--you wear it, you wash it. Certainly made my life easier :)

Beverly said...

That's so nice your grandson has a place to stay while he finishes his work. I know you will miss him when he is gone.

sage said...

Enjoy his presence while it last. You have captured some beautiful images of him with you.

Granny Annie said...

Oh I am jealous. My grandsons are all so fine I would keep any one of them for as long as I could. It is fun to feed them too because they consume so fast they don't really know what they are eating. lol Have lots of fun Judy.

robin andrea said...

Sounds like it's going to be a great summer at your house. Love that your grandson is staying with you. So lovely.

Gilly said...

Grandsons these days always seem to be enormously tall and eat like a horse!! But how lovely to have such a wonderful young man with you - you make the most of him!!

Ginnie said...

That must be a big change for you Judy but he sounds like a really nice young man. I'm sure you are proud of him and I love the fact that he eats so well ... I think the new college age kids are way ahead of where I was in those days.

LL Cool Joe said...

I can see you are already attached! Sounds like you are both getting something good out of the set up. Enjoy him whilst he's around, I'm sure he'll remember this time he spent with you forever. I can still remember the weekends I stayed over with my Nan.