There are times each week when it is my pleasure to pick up my grandkids from the babysitter because Mom works late on that night. They usually greet me with wild enthusiasm, running and throwing themselves at me, thrilled to be in my presence.
Not so today.
You see, Auntie M (M for MonkeyGirl) was scheduled to pick them up because I wasn't sure I would be available for duty. So the little rugrats were fully expecting Auntie, not Grandma, when pick-up time came around.
You should have seen their faces, hanging down to the sidewalk they were so disappointed. No running toward me, jumping for joy, Bro M just turned around, no smile on his face, such keen disappointment I could feel it all the way across the street. Little Sis forgot and started to run and jump into my arms, then she remembered, THIS ISN'T WHO MOM SAID WOULD PICK US UP, IT'S JUST THE SAME OLD GRANDMA, NOT AUNTIE M!
Well, I got the gist right away--what, do I look that dumb that I wouldn't know the difference? I asked Bro M if he was disappointed, and he told me he was. So I promised a trip to the park, a call to Auntie M to see if she could meet us there, and he agreed to get into my car. Luckily she was on her way home, so this all worked out.
Now in my dotage, I'm trying contact lenses again, and my lateness today was because I was coming back from the eye doctor with yet another try to get a pair that lets me actually see. Bro M looked at me and said, "Grandma, what's wrong with your face?" I was flabergasted, what did he see that I didn't know was happening to my face? Was it all the wrinkles, or the bags under my eyes? The dark circles from watching the Olympics til 5 am every morning? One thing glasses do is to hid those unpleasant features a little bit. I realized what he noticed that was different about my face, or "wrong" with it as he put it, was that he had never seen me without glasses. Ok, Bro M, you are going to have to get used to this, because I'm going to try this look for a while. And maybe one day, I'll actually be able to see clearly, both near and far away. Then I'll have to start to work on the wrinkles, bags and dark circles! Searching for the ultimate beauty certainly can be costly and time-consuming!
I hope he doesn't notice anything else that is wrong with my face!