To this day, and for as many years as I have aged, Granny still lives in the same split-level house that my sister and I grew up in. Mom, my sister and I occupied the lower portion of the house, complete with a basement kitchen, and my grandparents lived on the upper level. The upper living room was reserved for company, so the family gathered to the lower room to watch television and such.
The lower living room has many stories to tell - if only walls could talk! The first diaper I ever changed was in this room (it happened to be Kevin's) and my supervisors at the time, all of whom were women, neglected to warn me about the 'fountain of youth'. Suffice it to say, it was my hazing into the realm of child rearing: an "in-urination", so to speak.
Like most grandparents, ours had the
Flashing forward, Kevin is now a toddler in toilet training. Kevin was a bit of a spoiled kid since his mother wasn't as determined to get him trained at an early age as Granny was. "I'll be damned if I have to change diapers all day. I've got better things to do with my time" - this was her litany and gospel.
It was shortly after Christmas. Granny was on day three of her weekly babysitting duties and toilet training drama. Kevin was particularly difficult on this day and thought it was now a game - he ran around the house naked from the waist down trying to escape Granny's grasp. When she finally caught him, she promptly scolded him and sat him down on the potty, threatening an ass slapping should he move.
While Kevin sat pouting, Granny went back to her chores. From the upstairs kitchen, Granny could keep an eye on Kevin while she went about her business. He had been sitting there for awhile when the phone rang. It was my sister calling long distance from the west coast. My sister and Granny could talk for hours. So, about twenty minutes into the call, Granny realized she hadn't checked on Kevin and asked my sister to hold while she looked in on him.
Now, many parents should know that kids will get bored very easily, and Kevin was no exception. I guess he heard Granny chatting away and decided to do anything but sit on the potty and went to play with some of his toys.
The following is what my sister heard over the phone:
"Oh, Kevin! What the hell are you doing? No! Stop that right now! Oh, Jesus Christ!" Granny scrambled back to the phone, told my sister that she had to go because, "There is shit all over the place, it's on the floor, in the carpet, all over the walls! I'm going to kill that little bastard!" Granny was almost in tears. In the background, my sister could hear Kevin yelling, "Hockey, hockey!"
Kevin got a toddler-size hockey stick for Christmas that year. "The bugger shit on the floor and used it for a puck. It's everywhere", Granny said. Cackling wildly, my sister said, "I'll call you later."