My homeschooling aunt from the deep South has moved her family to my grandparent’s farm for the week. Its about 1 1/2 hours from the city.
Today she is leaving her 3 kids, ages 12, 11, and 10 at the farm. With 4 adults. Apparently, three adults, one of whom is her husband, are not sufficient to watch 3 kids who are old enough to babysit other kids. Another aunt took the day off work to watch them.
One of my uncles at the farm is the pied piper. Kids and animals follow him around tirelessly – he is quiet, gentle and safe. It was not a problem for him to be surrounded by the entourage until the abandoned baby moose who adopted him began to get protective of him. She began to chase off the other animals and kids who wandered around behind him.
But, I guess he is incapable of watching 3 kids. Only of taking care of 100 animals.
I wonder what my aunt does at home when she wants to go out if she won’t leave her kids with her husband? Or maybe she does and is just wary of the farm she grew up on.
I helped her out for a summer when her kids were newborn, 2 and 3, and she let me take out a few at a time, but I was never alone with all three of them.
When we asked why she couldn’t leave her 3 kids with the oldest in charge, my aunt said that they couldn’t feed themselves. Since my 5 year old neighbour can fix herself a sandwich, I hardly doubt that is true.
But, the three adults at the farm are all men. And I guess no one but an older female can really make a sandwich or keep the kids from running barefoot in the frozen manure. ?
I don’t understand. I’m probably missing some important information. But I do remember that they were really upset years ago when their toddler daughter refused to sit still to let me put pony tails in her hair. Her little brother begged me to, and pretended he was a space alien/dinosaur with his hair sticking up in tufts all over his head. They accused me of trying to make their son into a girl and their daughter into a boy. I thought they were joking.
Maybe that is why I react when I hear about my aunt taking time off work to make sandwiches for tweenage kids. Was my family always this weird? Is this weird?