I have a terrific granddaughter. She's 5 years old and lives in my community. Her mother (my daughter-in-law) is great and has her involved in many things, including a dance class. Now it's time for Granddaughter's recital, and I don't want to go!
I love to play with my granddaughter and when we are together, it's very special. But I am not a "spectator" grandparent. I am not interested in sitting in a dark auditorium, watching 2 hours of other little girls dancing on a stage, so I can see my granddaughter for 3 minutes. What a waste of 1 hour and 57 minutes!!
Part of the joy of grandparenting is that I don't 'have to' do all those things that parents have to do. Am I the only grandparent that doesn't like to sit through these boring, limited-talent productions?
Now, before you write me off as an uninvolved, self-centered grandma...stop. I love to be with my grandchildren. "WITH" them, not watching them from a balcony. I am HANDS-ON. Lots of wrestling, playing, exploring, cuddling, reading, etc. This is the ONLY thing I'm not interested in participating in!