Seven Things I Learned (or Relearned) About My Parents This Summer

Over the course of just over one month, my parents (Mom, Dad, & Step-Mother) all managed to make it out to West Des Moines for a visit. It was a great experience having them as house guests of our own…you know, as opposed to house guests of ours but actually house guests of my in-laws while we were transitioning from our townhouse…


It was so awesome having everyone here, but even more awesome that everyone was willing to jump right in and help contribute to the cause; entertaining the triplets, pacifying Lola, and pitching in where ever they could to help with our never ending to-do list now that we were homeowners.

Here are a few things I learned (or relearned):

[One] My mom is an absolute maestro with a needle and thread.

I can’t even begin to count the number of things that she managed to produce in the three weeks that she resided in our basement apartment, let alone everything else she’s made over the past few years. From dresses…



…play clothes and accessories (yephobby horse included)…

…capes, hideaways, you name it…and even more practical items, like the blackout curtains (with matching pillows) for our bedroom…she’s done it all. If anyone is wise with setting up domains, please contact me! I know that she could easily make a small profit if she ever had the desire to!

[Two] Despite living so far away, she has also perfected the “Grandma Touch,”

…willing to snatch away a disgruntled and screaming baby Lola from her exhausted parents’ arms and whisk her to sleep seemingly within minutes. Magical.

[Three] My dad is a PRO when it comes to wood working. Probably from his 40+ years working in the furniture biz, but none the less…we were able to put his skills to the test, and he did a phenomenal job. Gate for the deck?

No sweat…he had it whipped together in 30 minutes flat. Probably would have taken me at least an entire weekend…and then the following Monday night as well. Want to cabinets in the garage?

Let’s get it done! I could have toiled with the process for weeks, but over the course of the afternoon we had transformed our garage walls into a much more storage-friendly space…including the interchangeable rack storage system. Boo-yah!

[Four] Peggy is a spitfire! Missy has her gal pals over on Monday nights to watch her reality shows, and as it turns out, Peg was just as entertaining as the television with her wit and off-the-cuff remarks…the highlight of the evening from what I understand. {No pics though…it was strictly a ladies night, ya know? ;-)}

[Five] Having travelled to campgrounds all across this great county and even owning a slice of one in the mountains of central Virginia, it turns out that Airstream Aficionados Fred & Erma Hunt & Peg are pretty particular when it comes to their nightly hook-ups.

That said, I don’t think they could have been more pleased with their digs on Army Post! A dedicated 40-Amp breaker with enough power for all their A/C and electrical needs…

…free Wi-Fi from the “local” router, and most importantly their favorite (JK ;-)) son and daughter-in-law, as well as all the lovely Hardinge ladies waiting just inside!

[Six] My mother’s internal thermostat is set 10 degrees higher than any normal human being. Not only did she help clear out our entire garage while she was here, but she did it all while Iowa temps reached their hottest of the summer. I’d come home from work only to find her still working away while my car thermometer read 105 degrees. This might also explain why we grew up with ceiling fans as opposed to air conditioning…

[Seven] My Dad is not afraid of a beer sampler…

…who knew?!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

6 thoughts on “Seven Things I Learned (or Relearned) About My Parents This Summer

  1. Love love love the picture of your mom sewing, and the picture of her with all 4 of her granddaughters! You are lucky, tommy.

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