Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 624 - Crazy Grandma Ichikawa Storytime

What does North Korean leader Kim Jong Il say is the only thing in the modern world that makes him look normal and boring? Why it is...Crazy Grandma Ichikawa Storytime!

As the end of June nears, it means several things. First of all, it's the end of the school year for Lisa. Secondly, it's time for Crazy Grandma and Lazy Grandpa to return to Sacramento. Thirdly, it's time for me to dust off my Speedos and make an appointment for my yearly bikini wax.

This weekend, Crazy Grandma and Lazy Grandpa will begin to pack up their apartment and get ready to return to Sacramento. Lazy Grandpa is looking forward to home because instead of just sitting around all day in Los Angeles, he can now comfortably sit around all day in Sacramento.

As for Crazy Grandma, I know she is looking forward to going home, but she also laments the fact that she won't be able to see the kids every day. How do I know this? Because one day she told me, "I rament dah fact dat I won't be able tah see dah kids every day." She also told me, "Rah raisin dah bee iz dah rarry yu are tah mennfull." I just nodded my head in agreement because I had no idea what she said.

Since Crazy Grandma has been telling the kids how much she is going to miss them on a daily basis (yet says nothing to the child that actually came out of her belly), I thought I'd figure out a way for them to see the kids in July. Auntie Anne (pretzel maven) was thinking of visiting us again in July. Perhaps this would be a nice time for my parents to take a weekend trip down to Los Angeles.

This morning, as Crazy Grandma was giving the kids hugs and kisses and once again (cue the violins) telling the kids how much she will miss them, I decided I would mention my idea to Crazy Grandma hoping this would be a nice invitation and a way to mend her bittersweet heart.

"Hey, Mom," I said. "Since Anne is thinking of coming to Los Angeles next month, why don't you and Dad come down too?"

Crazy Grandma looked up at me as she held Emma and Andrew in her arms. I wasn't too sure what she was going to say, but I think I struck a chord with her because she looked very emotional. I braced myself for her response.

Crazy Grandma took a deep breath and responded, "Ooooooh NO! You kidding me? I wanna go home! I no want to come back down here after month. You crazy? Nooooo way! I been here loooong enuf! I need rest. Dese kids poop me out! You guyz on your own!"

Not exactly the response I was expecting, but emotional nonetheless...

1 comment:

Susan Tajii said...

Hey there, just FYI, Kevin was slow to start saying a lot of words and look at him now. Also, he was slow at potty training and I believe it's no longer an issue. - Auntie Susan