Extended family is so important to children. My kids only have one grandparent, but Madoll is very much like a surogate grandmother.
But it's not all about grandparents. Last night my brother popped in out of the blue with his entrance fee in hand....3 packets of Skittles. I keep telling him that it's not necessary to bring anything, but he gives me the look that tells me he knows fully that my kids won't otherwise get Skittles. And really after all, isn't that what uncles are for?
It's not about Skittles though, cause he sure never has to wait at the door, nothing brings the kids running & shouting faster than "John, John's here !!" Even Isaac will leave his hole long enough to run & hug him.
He tells them stories about our father & grandfather that i'd never think to tell, he shows them motorcycle & snowmobile racing on the web. He can tell them about how he used to test & race motocross bikes.
That's valuable, even more valuable than Skittles.
Quote of the day from my brother John:
What to do, when you live in a shoe and it's raining and the laces leak? Move to the back and live like a heel.