Extreme grandparenting a booming new sport


Robyn Lewis of Raglan has heard many ‘extreme grandparenting’ (C8) stories, and is “not sure why baby boomers need to take such extreme measures in caring for their grandchildren. My story is extreme in that we have only had one experience in caring for our grandson. On our visit to meet the new baby eight years ago in Boston we offered to take him for a walk, allowing our daughter to have a rest. On our return we jokingly told her we had given him some cream bun which he ‘thoroughly enjoyed’. Now with two grandchildren, and back in Australia, we have never been invited to babysit again! However, we do enjoy our visits to see them and enjoy having them stay with us.”

“Doesn’t Peter Miniutti know that the ‘fat lady’ (C8) is a euphemism for the siren?” asks John Lees of Castlecrag.

From the cardio department of Royal North Shore Hospital, after a full service and refit of his ticker, Julian Brown writes: “Inconveniently, I had a heart attack cycling from Gladesville to North Sydney three days ago. The senior cardiologist now advises various indulgences should be out of bounds for me including cycling, swimming and cheese. I asked about beer, and he said evidence suggests no significant impact on cholesterol, but it’s not so good for dementia. I wonder if I’ll remember that.”

Watching our political leaders scramble to develop a sensible policy on affordable housing, Peter Singer of Arrawarra Headland was reminded of a tale his long deceased father used to tell about Prime Minister Menzies addressing a crowd at a public meeting. “Someone yelled: ‘What are you going to do about ‘ousing?’ Without deliberating Menzies responded: ‘Put an H on it’.”

“Is anyone else finding that having messages from so many sources is both preoccupying and inefficient?” queries Peter Copleston of Westleigh. “I recently missed an urgent WhatsApp message from a family member. I don’t use Facebook so I have no messages there, I do check my SMS messages, two email addresses and the voicemails on both my mobile and landline. My rough calculation is that by 2025 there will be at least ten more ways to deliver urgent communications. Perhaps time to reinvent the telegram … is that a thought worth Tweeting?”

While in Taipei, John Swanson of Auburn saw a restaurant (C8) which “had the stated opening hours of ‘Open when not closed, closed when not open.’ Needless to say, it was closed.”

Column8@smh.com.au



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