News flash- The grandkids are coming! My son Adam is bringing his two daughters (ages11and 8) to our house on Saturday!
The planning begins: How will we entertain them?
In the past we have taken them to Broadway shows, Nassau Museum in Roslyn, Old Westbury Gardens, Sagamore Hill (Teddy Roosevelt's home), Heckscher Museum in Huntington and to the Castles in Sands Point. What original idea do we have for this Saturday to give them a cultural experience, while bonding with them?
They are coming from Chappaqua, in the far-off land of Westchester. This time we are determined to stay closer to home (Jericho).
Lorraine (my beautiful wife) hits on an idea!
"I will take them bowling on Jericho Turnpike. I haven't bowled in at least 25 years but I was pretty good at it. At least it will give them some athletic exercise, which they truly need. I can use the activity myself," said Lorraine. "After bowling I will then take them to have their nails polished. Little girls love that!"
I pipe up with "Adam and I will watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament, by lying prostrate on the couch and eating pistachio nuts. Occasionally one of us will arise, go to the kitchen and get a soft drink. It reminds me of his teenage years and it will be true male-bonding."
At 4 p.m., Loraine returns with the girls. They are all excited and agog and tell us of their bowling prowess. Lorraine tells me of the new progress in bowling. They have bumpers to prevent gutter balls for kids. Also, the scoring is automatically computerized. Can you imagine that! Keeping score in the old days was a pain.
Time for supper.
"O.K. kids, here's the choices: Japanese food, Chinese food, Kabobs, Delicatessen or Fanatico's. Fanatico's is a red sauce Italian restaurant in the Waldbaum Mall. Never mind, we are going for Italian food at Fanaticos."
We sat in a booth, all five of us and had a wonderful meal. The kids perused the menu and chose what they desired. The atmosphere was relaxed. The food was delicious and they took home what they didn't finish.
They got into their car and went happily home to Westchester.
Lorraine and I collapsed onto our sofas.
The day with the grandkids was a complete success.