Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Reinvented

It’s been a day of spoiling our daughter, son-in-law & grandson. An early Christmas. It was snowing when we woke, so the stage was perfectly set. We “hooked them up” with such items as diapers, a microwave, a “Pack ‘n Play,” a winter coat, a few tools & various and other sundries. We also hit Goodwill and found a used coffee maker, ceiling fan and popcorn popper (3 items! Not an all-in-one). We bought them a 1-year Sam’s membership. We bought baby clothes, baby toys. And – they may not know it yet, but we bought pre-paid credit cards. Spoiling, spoiling, spoiling. We are shameless. We miss them, and they’re missing out by not living locally. We told them this is an early Christmas for them.

But…we drew the line at a high-end baby-gate. It’s a long story and a couple’s argument about a 9-year-old dog that she doesn’t want and he “can’t part with”. The $20 gate wouldn’t do because the dog could jump it. The $40 gate wouldn’t do because it’s hard to open (they know someone who has one). The $60 gate would be perfect. We volunteered instead to give them the $100 for the pound to take the dog off their hands. OK, we’re in-laws. They live in a small apartment with a big dog and our precious 4-month-old grandson. They’re almost barely getting by.

Anyway, this round of spending is about wrapped up. Tomorrow – I’m cutting M’s hair (at her request). They mentioned watching a movie. There will be much more in the way of goo-goo-goo, gahgahgah conversations with our grandson. And we head home.

Now to balance your judgment, read here to see what’s going on in my “regular” life. I’m being reinvented.

About Fran Hart

Disciple of Christ, earning a living as the director of US-based operations for a Taiwanese company, managing an engineering organization while carving out time to write. Wife, Mother, Grandmother.
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