Anti-aging Column

Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


Grandchildren Revive Your Youth

Ask a mature woman if there is any advantage, no matter how small, of being an old lady, and she will tell you without hesitation – “the joy of grandchildren”.

Grandchildren give you pleasure, happiness and love and are non-judgmental of you, and they make you feel youthful all over again.

“And why do kids run away the minute they have their shoes on, only to take them off?”

I have seven of the little darlings, aged six years down to six months. I adore them all.

Looking after two of them recently while their mother had some time out brought back all the memories of raising my own.

But I’d forgotten how taxing the process is of actually getting a couple of kids ready for school and out the door.

Filling the lunch boxes was the biggest challenge. You can’t put any good stuff in them any more.

Now nothing containing sugar is permitted in the lunch box, not even juice – just water, three pieces of fruit, one measured amount of good carbs, a few healthy (boring) rice crackers and a tiny fatfree, sugar-free yogurt.

Getting the little tykes dressed was a major operation involving many attempts.

And why do kids run away the minute they have their shoes on, only to take them off?

And what about the stupidity of their grandmother letting the three-year-old take his toy snake to day care for show and tell?

“Get that thing out of here!” staff at the day care shrieked as we walked in with the horrible red rubber snake. “Don’t you realise the children will think all snakes are toys and try to pick them up.

Real ones. Don’t you know how dangerous that is?” So, back home shame-faced I went, carrying the gross rubber snake while the little three-yearold had a tantrum in the sandpit.

“Deal with it,” I called out over my shoulder and scurried back, thinking how lovely it is to have grandchildren but how much more lovely it is to leave them in the care of someone else.



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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