"Grandpa, is Grandma feeling better?" I knew it was a leading question, but as a faithful grandfather, my response has to be truthful.
It was the elder of our 3-year-old granddaughters speaking. She's about three months older than her first cousin with whom she enjoys interacting like there is no tomorrow.
I discerned a plan was formulating a step at a time. Her Mom replied: "Yes, Grandma is feeling much better, thank you for asking."
This 3-year-old's smile got bigger and she added: "I think I want to go visit Grandma. Can you call her, Mom?"
Her older sister who is 12 going on 30 has a great deal of influence on little sister. Cadence loves sister with unconditional love and cries at the drop of a hat when she knows that sister got scolded for minor infractions (homework or chores not done).
This beautiful and innocent 3-year-old has learned so much more and quicker due to her intelligent and savvy big sister, whom she pleasantly calls "Sister."
Where was I? Oh yes, after the wonderful child gets permission to visit Grandma, Grandpa gets the telephone call.
"Dad, Mom said that you were in Corpus, can you pick up Cadence on your way home? She wants to see you and Grandma for the evening. We'll pick her up late tonight so she can spend some time with you."
What is my response? "I'd love to do that, the car seat is in our vehicle, so I don't have to borrow yours."
At the next instance it seems that Cadence and I are on the road together on a drive to see Grandma.
During this drive, Cadence is kind of excited singing to the CD music and blurts: "Grandpa, can you ask Grandma if I can spend the night? I think it's a good idea."
So I call Mission Control and we laugh at the conversation progress of 'the plan' that a 3-year-old is developing.
Cadence gets the OK for the evening stay from her parents and Cadence wants me to call her Mom to tell her to bring clothes.
Fortunately Grandma has extra spare clothes. That is what Grandmas are always prepared for: the unexpected.
Seriously, Grandpa would have just panicked. Well, now we're closer to Grandma's house.
"Can we call Victoria's Dad and ask if she can come to play with me?" Victoria is her 3-year-old cousin.
It seems that Victoria has other commitments or for some reason is unable to join us for the overnight stay.
However, persistence on behalf of Cadence results in an early morning visit by Victoria to spend the day playing, arguing, and having a great time at Grandma's while Grandpa is off to work at the office.
Truthfully, I do not feel slighted.
I was invited to stay and spend the day with my two beauties, in a magical escapade full of animated adventures with two adorable innocence of life.
Sure I gave serious thought of staying and enjoying the company. However, I did have some commitments that I had to take care of at the office.
Joe-Santos Medina is a resident of Robstown. Readers may contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.