My husband’s 102 year old grandmother was just moved into an assisted living facility. She has always lived on her own and has lived a very full life.
Labor day weekend we were visiting the in-laws and were planning on going to visit grandma. My kids love their great grandma and I’m thrilled that they have been able to have a relationship with her.
My mother-in-law told us that she had a schedule set up for visiting times. We were to go at 6:30 on Saturday. Oh, and then she added: NO KIDS. My husband was furious. Apparently the MIL had been telling my sister-in-law the same thing for weeks.
So we asked SIL what kind of condition she was in that would make it so that kids couldn’t visit. She said she is fine, just tired. So when we left at 6:30 we took the kids with us. We visited for about 15 or 20 minutes, talked about school starting and soccer. No problems. When we got back to the house my son ran up to MIL and told her that he had gone to see great-grandma! She made a horrible exasperated noise and walked away.
The next day when it was the sister-in-law’s turn on the “schedule”. MIL told her to go ahead and bring the kids.
This may very well be my kids’ last opportunity to see and talk to their great-grandma and my husband and I weren’t about to let them miss it.