(skip this header)

New Canaan News

Thursday, October 30, 2014

newcanaannewsonline.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Zez says: How to Babysit a Grandma

Published 10:34 am, Monday, August 4, 2014
Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go.

My granddaughter, Chloe, doesn't have to take such a circuitous route to visit her grandmother, who also happens to be my wife, Sue, because our house is on a residential street and, besides, at 15 months old, Chloe can't drive. But she knows how to baby-sit Sue when she comes over because I got her a new book called, appropriately enough, "How to Babysit a Grandma."

The book, a New York Times best-seller, was written by Jean Reagan, who authored last year's kiddie hit "How to Babysit a Grandpa," which has been enormously helpful to both me and Chloe because I am, at this point, less mature than she is.

Sue, who should be the subject of a book titled "How to Baby-sit a Husband," because without her I would be either dead or in prison, loves the grandma book.

"It's adorable," she told me after reading it.

"I'm glad your wife liked the book," Reagan said when I called her to talk about it. "I wanted to make the grandma fun, as I'm sure Sue is. And I know Chloe thinks you're fun."

"She sure does," I replied. "People have often asked me if I spoil her. I say no, that's Sue's job. My job is to corrupt her.

Chloe already loves books, even though she can't read yet. So Sue and I read to her when she comes over or when we go to her house.

I haven't read either of my books to Chloe, because they are below her intellectual level, but I did read both the grandpa and grandma books to her recently.

"What did she think?" asked Reagan, who is not a grandma yet.

"She loved them," I said. "She pointed to the slide and the swings in the grandma book. But for some reason, she seemed to understand that the grandpa needed a little more help."

"Next time she comes over," Reagan suggested, "she can help Sue baby-sit you."

Stamford native Jerry Zezima can be reached at JerryZ111@optonline.net.