Soon after being dropped off at my house, my almost-12-year-old great-granddaughter complained about not wanting to stay, saying she was old enough to be home alone.
I said, “No.” Her parents wanted her to stay with me until they came back. She carried on about how she wanted to be in her own house and would walk home if I wouldn’t take her.
After several minutes of bantering back and forth, I said if she kept aggravating me I would pull her hair out. She shot me a look that could kill and retreated to the basement.
She came back up in 45 minutes with a stack of envelopes. When I asked about them, she said they were invitations to a birthday pool party at her grandfather’s house. I said, “Don’t give them out because when Grandpa hears about your answering back he’s not going to allow it.”
That weekend we were all at Grandpa’s (my son’s) home for dinner, and I told him what happened and that she was going to ask about having her party here. I suggested he tell her she has to ask me, which he did.
Her face dropped. No response. A few days later, she asked, “So can I have my party at Grandpa’s?” I said, “No.”
She walked away, then returned and stated, “You know, I couldn’t have been that bad, I still have all my hair.”
I refrained from laughing and said if she wrote a short note of apology with a promise never to do it again by the end of the week, I would reconsider.
Needless to say, the note was never written, so when my son and I were on the way to the airport for vacation, I suggested he text the parents and just say, “No note, no party, no kidding.”
When we returned, a beautiful handmade decorated card with “I’m sorry” all over it and promises of good behavior was given to me. (It’s a keeper.)
She had a great party and behaves properly. Now her looks come with a smile.