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Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Friday, March 31, 2006

Only 4!

No wonder they didn't tell me. What I can't imagine is how they got Cole to keep his little trap shut. He rats out everybody. Cole is my only great-grandson. He's 4 going on 13---at least. His parents are the best a kid could wish for---or I thought they were until they pulled this stunt.

The family pretty much accepts that I have a "thing" about safety. In fact they're really sick of hearing about all the terrible things that are likely (if not certain) to befall anybody who takes chances of any kind. I guess that's why they didn't tell me that Cole was being allowed to fly ALONE to see his Cessie Sarah in NYC. ALONE! You heard me right. ALONE!

But he did. He flew all by himself---and he's only 4! Now it's true he came back in one piece with no visible scars but what terrifying psychological trauma he's suffered, GD only knows. And I, me, of course I know---but everybody else just says, "Pooh!"

But it's too late to do anything about it now except to bring it up whenever possible. Oh, these kids!

PS Have You visited Larry Olaf? I know you don't want to hurt his feelings...


  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Savtadotty said…

    I thought unaccompanied minors had to be five for airplane travel. Anyhow, it's clear your whole family can rally 'round the "don't tell Lucy when it's risky" banner, and probably they do stuff they might not otherwise do, just to tease you. This has something to do with unintended consequences. Poor Lucy!

  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    Okay, I'm right there wringing my hands with you Lucy. It can't JUST be us, can it? Breathe Lucy....breathe.... -Joy

  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger GUYK said…

    I was kind of wondering about him fling alone until I saw savadotty say he was on an airplane. Not so easy to get lost when there is a pilot but to just spread his wings and fly out of the nest at four--well most of us wait until we are at least five or six

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Cole probably lied about his age. This kid is a piece of work---a precious and loving piece but a piece all the same.
    Sarah said he was complaining about the long walk from the subway stop. No, she wouldn't carry him. He would just have to suck it up and walk. A few moments later the sniviling ceased and she realized Cole wasn't at her side. Turning around, she saw him on the curb---trying to hail a cab. This is GD's truth. And just one more reason for me to worry!
    Have a week of peace, Savta.

  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Yep. I didn't start flying til I was 8. The same year I started driving. Those were the days...
    :) lucyd

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger goldenlucyd said…

    Joy Dear,
    Yes. Breathe. In. Out. In. Out...
    Thanks for reminding me!

  • At 6:20 AM, Blogger Milt said…

    Next week, off to college.

  • At 6:57 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    Killing myself laughing here over Cole....What a kid! But, I love it....nothing like fostering independance at such a young age. Sounds like it would be impossible not to allow it with Cole.
    BUT poor you....all this worry! He sure will grow up with mega self-confidence though and in today's world, that's SO necessary. So just think Hailing a cab, huh? I LOVE
    Now I'm being pushed from the keyboard by Holly....she wants to go visit Larry.

  • At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Claude said…

    Yeah, Lucy, take a deep breath and laugh it off. They're exaggerating it to make you nervous! And you are playing right into their hand ;)

  • At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Maria said…

    I am with you Lucy. I raised my kids with all the safety rules and then they all went off and became terrible risk takers. I bet, like me, you still follow all the safety rules.

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    My husband is like you are; my kids don't ever want to tell him what the grandchildren are up to because he gets all red in the face and starts spouting off about what "might have happened".

    Larry Olaf has the longest legs!

  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous auntietob said…

    OK GrannyLu- Yes this is risky business- but also having known Cole since birth- I must tell all your readers-not to worry- Cole is not only independent,4 going on 42,and quite his own man-he also has the art of covertly manipulating adults to his way of thinking and making sure his needs are met-down to a science. Plus he is one TERRIFIC kid.-So-Lucy-keep breathing & keep telling us about Cole. I know you love him so much and are really proud of all you "kids".

  • At 8:22 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    My teenagers and my hubby tease me about being overly cautious. I'm with you. Why take unnecessary chances????
    What a good looking kid Cole is. He's brave too.
    Flying alone at age 4.... Crazy!

  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    Today's parents are a lot different then I was as a parent or my mom and dad were when I was growing up, but at four I can see why you were nervous.

    I'm an only child and my parents were overly protective. They would only let me use ONE ROLLER SKATE!

    Times sure have changed!!

  • At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Janice said…

    I just found you, Golden Lucy, from another favorite -- Here's Lucy. What great fun to read your commentary on the ordinary and not so ordinary. I know eggggsactly what you mean about a 4 year flying alone -- my daughter (almost disowned) let my 4 year old grandson fly alone from Atl to NY. He had a great time -- I had a heart attack.


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