Bumpa, I’m 16 today!
Elijah, I’m so proud of you on your 16th birthday.
Me, too, Bumpa. Let’s go get my driver’s permit! I’m tired of my carseat!
No, you’re 16 months old, not 16 years old, and yesterday you had a meltdown at Target.
Yeah, Grandma had to take me out of the store and walk me around outside Target to calm me down. She was crying, too. I couldn’t tell why. I was too busy screaming. But I saw tears in her eyes. I love Grandma!
I’m so sorry, Elijah. Grandma loves you too. And you have the best Mom in the world!
I know. But it was two o’clock, Bumpa! I was tired. We’d been out since 7:00 A.M. We’d been out all day getting Mom new tires, new brakes and an alignment, then lunch at Panera, and then shopping at Target. I was really good until a half hour tromping around Target. We should have gone home right after the alignment. I needed a nap. I want my own car!
At your age that’s a long time to be good. It was time to hit the brakes.
Mom and Grandma thought so, too, before I grabbed that thing off the shelf and didn’t let go and wouldn’t stop screaming when they tried to take it away.
I’m so sorry you didn’t get your nap. You’re only 16 months old. You need your naps.
I love you, Bumpa! You understand better than Mom and Grandma! They don’t take a LONG nap every day like you and me. You’re 76. I’m only 16. We get an alignment every afternoon at one o’clock, right Bumpa?
Right, Elijah. Sometimes our wheels get out of alignment. Sometimes we need new tires. And when the tires get worn, we need an alignment. Nothing aligns a person better than a nap! A good nap is a good brake.
- Gordon C. Stewart, “Bumpa”, September 27, 2018.
Grandpa’s car is 15 years old. Grandpa’s car got an alignment yesterday.