What I learned on my summer vacation…..by Alfie Hood

They say you’re never too old to learn. I believe that. We had our youngest granddaughter, 12-year old Colette, with us for a few weeks. For the last part of that, her friend from school, 12-year old Arianna, came to stay too. Both delightful girls. It was fun.

But you can learn a lot living with pre-teens. I’d like to recount just a few of the many things I have learned during this encounter.

1. The healthy breakfast of choice is pop-tarts.

2. Our refrigerator can hold nearly two-thirds of the entire inventory of a Kroger supermarket.

3. Ice cream is now a food group unto itself.

4. A few hours at the beach, followed by a bike ride, followed by shopping and then a couple of hours at the pool is not exhausting. It’s called warming up for the rest of the day.

5. No two kids ever like a sandwich fixed the same way.

6. I used to think I had an adequate grasp of today’s technology. I now realize that I am actually quite clueless.

7. Going to the zoo and aquarium is not to learn about animal life. It’s an opportunity for hundreds of “selfies.”

8. Morning light to nighttime in the summer may only be 15 hours, but it feels like 40.

9. Pizza delivery is the best thing since….well, sliced pizza.

10. There are at least 22 different ways that a 12-year old girl can style her hair.

11. I love naps.


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Retired from a couple of professions, trying my hand at writing about the events in our lives.
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21 Responses to What I learned on my summer vacation…..by Alfie Hood

  1. Barbara says:

    7. Going to the zoo and aquarium is not to learn about animal life. Itโ€™s an opportunity for hundreds of โ€œselfies.โ€

    ….and shopping (with grandpa’s money) for souvenirs I’ll bet too!

  2. And you think I moved all the way across the country from my family because I liked the climate… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Oh I love this. Mine are coming next week end and I’m tired thinking about it. I can hardly wait to see the kids. Is the blonde yours?

  4. pattisj says:

    Ice cream has always been its own food group–for me, anyway. Sounds like lots of fun was had by all. I’ll tiptoe out so as not to wake you.

  5. pegoleg says:

    You’re a good grandpa for putting up with two teens that way. Go ahead and take that nap – you’ve earned it!

  6. Like everyone else I love the nap time. That technology stuffy certainly makes you dream about soothing power cuts !

  7. I will file these away just in case I should find myself in this ‘girlie thing’ situation down the track. Currently surviving (just) the ‘mother of teenage boys’ situation. Some of your list still holds true, though. Especially Point 6. And I used to work in IT.

  8. dorannrule says:

    Hahahaha! Been there. Done that. Three grandgirls. Live and learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. susielindau says:

    I am exhausted reading this!

  10. Cindy B says:

    Just read this out loud to Woody. We are going to send you our grandchildren! Seriously, we loved what you wrote, and the girls will remember their visit forever.

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