"Tell Grammie to turn on the water and give it a try Granpa." I am working at my computer in my office when the confident order from my 4 year old grandson is pronounced. I start to rise from my chair when it dawns on me that Sam may not have the authority to blurt out such a bold command.
The plumber is working to unplug a clogged drain from a clean out in the basement. I look at Sam seriously and ask, "Did the Plumber man say to turn on the water? "No Granpa" but I know how to help."
Now, where in heaven's great creation Sam got this confidence in his plumbing skills is baffling. There are only generations of farmers, carpenters, teachers and general laborers in Sam's lineage. Sam was convinced last week when the sink was clogged that he could fix it. Sometimes Sam is so focused on being able to fix soomething that his confident voice startles me and I think, "OK, let Sam give it a try." Then I remember that Sam is only four years old and will not be able to even hold a wrench even if he could diagnose a problem.
After being jerked back to reality it dawned on me this litle guy with all the confidence in the world could not even hold onto a pipe wrench for more than a few seconds. When I get this visual picture of Sam playing plummer suddenly it becomes very funny. I do my best not to laugh hysterically but I do later have a good time telling the story to Grammie.
I think the primary reason Grandparents find their grandchildren so much funniier is that we are available to listen to almost everything. Maybe my children were also funny but I was usually too busy dealing with a myriad of other things to really notice. When I am with my grandchildren I am in a listening mode. I am thankful that I get to be around them and enjoy the whimsical moments.