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Man with a Plan

“Dada’s going to be my school bus next year!”

My son cheerily exclaims to me matter-of-factly. My dad is gearing up for retirement, and he did mention before that he wanted to do the school bus routine. I didn’t pay much attention to it, thinking it’s still far down the line. So when Mio brought this up, my first instinct was “As long as he brings you home to me, ha.”

Grandparents are notorious for spoiling their apos, and my parents are no different. In the cycle of life, parents are bad cop, while they play good cop, ALL the TIME. It’s a fact, and the sooner you give in to this, the simpler things will be. Believe me. Mio grew up with his grandparents very much present. As a single mom, I also wanted them to be as involved as they can be, especially since I had to work long hours. As with any given situation, there are upsides and downsides to this setup. Of course the main pro is that they get to spend a lot of time with their grandson, and Mio never feels he is missing out on family. I want him to know that even though our family is not conventional, it’s filled with people who love one another, and as long as there is that, it should be enough to consider family.

So going back to my son’s cheery statement about his Dada bringing him to and from school, I know better than to stop my dad from this fulfilment. Of course, as long as he takes him home to me, there won’t be any problem. 


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