Today, I spilled some washing powder on my bedroom carpet, and before I got around to clearing it away, my daughter and twenty-month old grandson, Alex, turned up. Alex has a routine when he visits. It begins with him trying to make it to the living-room windowsill before I manage to get all my breakable objects out of the way, and then he quickly repairs to my bedroom to see what fun is to be had in there.

Today, after losing the battle of the breakable bottles, he ran quickly to the bedroom, as was to be expected. He immediately spotted the washing powder and paused to give it a disapproving look, before dashing into the kitchen, grabbing my tea towel from its home on the oven rail, and running back to the bedroom with it. He crouched down and gave the powder a quick wipe, then dropped the teatowel on top of the washing powder, thereby concealing it from view.

Job done.

Naturally, Claire and I praised him for his heroic efforts, and he looked appropriately proud of himself.

Five hours later the tea towel is still there, with the powdery mess underneath it. It’s lovely to have such a considerate grandchild to clear up after me. I’m hoping he’ll show up tomorrow and paint my bathroom. I can’t remember where I put the paintbrushes, but I’m sure the enterprising little boy will manage somehow.

ยฉJane Paterson Basil

26 thoughts on “Enterprising

    1. He also has a talent for hiding my word magnets in his hand and trying to smuggle them out. I run around after him laughingly demanding my ‘hosepipe,’ my ‘prince,’ and my ‘worms’ back.
      Maybe it will help teach him to read ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Maybe you can arrange other little treats for him. He’ll be vicariously learning housekeeping skills while having fun – mopping, putting out the rubbish, washing dishes, cleaning the toilet….. oh the fun ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. He finds the toilet very exciting! He’s totally adorable, and very mischievous ๐Ÿ™‚
      My eldest grandson used to love helping me clean the paintwork when he was about four. He used to spray it with a (safe) cleaner, and I followed on with a cloth. By the time I’d wiped off about two doors,practically every inch of gloss in the house was dripping wet, and he was looking for another job to do. He didn’t like boring old wiping ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This one brought a smile. A slice of life. My son is exactly like that, helpful to the point of frustration and beyond! Of course I am not a grandmother yet, to appreciate the fine nuances of innocence and childhood. But he does come up with the best excuses ever.

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    1. I love those early years of a child’s life, and I like the teens too – dispite all the angst, their conversation can be fascinating.
      I adore a child who has a good range of excuses – it shows they have imagination ๐Ÿ™‚

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