Grandparents – The Fifth Emergency Service?Blog
posted October 17th 2018
I began my content writing business, My Words Work For You, in 2013. I write for a varied list of clients but The Grandparents Hub is one of my favourites. I am an active ‘guide parent’ to Matilda, aged two, a great aunt (I prefers ‘fabulous aunt’) to Beatrice, very nearly four, and a regular babysitter to Peter, Oscar, George and Sophie. The ‘void’ left as my own children became adults has been filled with experiences that I share with you here. The Grandparents Hub is a voice for all of us whose lives are enriched by little ones.
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As I walked past the school this morning I see a mum, standing with her toddler in arms. In hindsight, she did look a little stressed. I smiled, exchanged pleasantries and as I left, I noticed relief flood her face as a car, driven by her mother I’m guessing, pulled up in front of her. I looked back to see her rush to the side of the car and pull open the back door, levering her child into the waiting child seat. As I walked away I heard her stressed voice, “I have no idea but he’s had some calpol”. Does this sound familiar?
This desperate mum clearly had plans, she was supposed to be somewhere, work maybe? Her first, best, perhaps only option is to call Grandma. Within minutes the emergency Grandparent vehicle (Granbulance) was at the scene and the patient was taken in for cuddles, biscuits, juice and similar emergency treatments. Perhaps grandparents who perform this service in this kind of emergency should be known as ‘the fifth emergency service’, what do you think?