Watching my daughter and son-in-law, who are staying with me this summer, waking their three children this morning, I was struck by the advantage of the group, here the traditional family group: husband and wife working together plus grandma chiming in. The three adolescent girls, who are sleeping in our living room on a fold out couch and a sofa, had been up late the night before and were sleeping soundly in the way only adolescents can.
My wonderful son-in-law had made the breakfast, while my daughter and I had been out walking in the park, oatmeal and strawberries. He had already set the table, in the dining angle of the living room, while my daughter now tried to rouse her sleeping adolescent girls. She was met by grunts, groans, and protestations. Then the father was sent off to try the same thing, while my daughter served up the strawberries and oatmeal.
I think, at this point, I, too, may have joined in to add a few comments like: "Only a few strawberries left for the early birds!” or something of that kind. The father did not have much more luck at rousing the sleepers, but when my daughter, having laid out the hot breakfast, in a loud voice of authority shouted, “Get up and come and have your breakfast!” they stumbled forth somewhat to my amazement in all their adolescent beauty, short pajamas and lots of long hair, to the laden table. What lucky children, I couldn’t help thinking! And how much easier their parents’ task was made by working in tandem.