I didn’t remember exactly what my sweet daughter said about not being able to get a sitter when we are less than an hour away. She did not say we were useless as babysitters. I was projecting my feelings about my temporary unavailability.
To be clear, I don’t believe I must shape my life around the needs of my children and grandchildren. Sometimes, I might have my own things to do. But I have been looking forward to seeing our children more, and even baby-sitting, especially since the babies are old enough to really do things with, and don’t need much actual sitting.
We are also happy to sit with the actual babies in the family.