A Week at Grandma's
Week at Grandmas


January 21, 2003

Written By

Erika Strobel


The Excuse Note


Double Dare


Mama and Papa plan a vacation. Brother and Sister are readying up for travel, only to be told this an grownups only trip. When asked how come, Papa says he and Mama have planned a second honeymoon, which will try and recreate their honeymoon. Sister asks what that is, so Mama shows her pictures of their first honeymoon, which shows a younger, slimmer Mama and Papa doing activities such as boating and enjoying time at a lodge, which they said they stayed at immediately after their wedding, and explains that when a man and woman get married, they often celebrate with a vacation as a "honeymoon" is the rosy, carefree points of the marriage. That point has passed in Mama and Papa's marriage and they have overcome some problems, so now that they have some free time they want to relive that vacation with a second honeymoon. Brother and Sister are interested to see what their parents were like before they were born and now understand, but wonder what they will do when Mama and Papa are away. Papa says he has taken care of that issue and has them stay with his parents. Brother and Sister are certain they’re in for the most boring time of their lives spending an entire week with their grandparents. They love Gramps and Gran, it is just that they are so...old! However, their perception changes in spending time with them. For example, when Sister brought along her yo-yo, Gran shows she was once good at it to, having one when she was a little girl. Brother is surprised by Gramps' understanding of modern technology, which Gramps says he learned during his time as a radioman in the war. Brother and Sister are also amazed by Gramps and Gran going to the square dance and participating. I played the electric guitar. Gramps says everything boils down to learning something new every day, so when you are old, you know quite a bit! When the week ends, Mama and Papa collect Brother and Sister, and are pleased to see everyone behaved. At home, Sister asks if there is any chance of a third honeymoon so they could spend another week with their grandparents. Papa says there will be probably be future chances for spending time with Gran & Gramps, but remarks "a third honeymoon, I do not think anyone did that!" to which Sister replies there is a first time for everything.

Differences from the Book

  • In the book, Brother and Sister were a little sad after Mama and Papa dropped them off at Gramps and Gran's house. In the show, they were a little annoyed.

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