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The Dart: Grandchildren are simply irresistible

JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Vidalia resident Debra Weatherly laughs with her two-year-old grandson, Trenton, as she picked him up from her daughter's home in Natchez last Thursday.
JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Vidalia resident Debra Weatherly laughs with her two-year-old grandson, Trenton, as she picked him up from her daughter’s home in Natchez last Thursday.

NATCHEZ — Looking into the faces of her grandchildren, Debra Weatherly, finds saying no to just about anything they want a bit difficult.

“They just look up at you and give you this face that I really can’t say no to,” Weatherly said laughing while holding Trenton. “I spoil them.”

When The Dart landed on the Maplewood Lane house of Weatherly’s daughter Thursday, “mamaw” as her grandchildren would say, was up to her usually grandmotherly duties.

JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT —  Vidalia resident Debra Weatherly laughs with her grandsons, Trenton and Tucker, left to right, as she came to pick up Trenton from his mother's Natchez home for a visit on Thursday afternoon.
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Vidalia resident Debra Weatherly laughs with her grandsons, Trenton and Tucker, left to right, as she came to pick up Trenton from his mother’s Natchez home for a visit on Thursday afternoon.

Picking up Tucker Palmer, 3, and Trenton Palmer, 2, and taking them back to her own Vidalia house is nothing short of routine for Weatherly.

But what her grandchildren do after they get to the house just depends on the day of the week.

“They’ll spend all day just outside playing,” Weatherly said. “Right now, they’re big into trucks and cars, so anything that even resembles a truck or a car they’re playing with.”

The boys often get their truck fix through Weatherly’s husband, Jimmy or “papaw,” and his Jeep or their father, Darren’s, Jeep.

Other times, the boys get behind the wheel of their own Jeeps.

“I have a blue Jeep,” Trenton said pointing to a powered riding Jeep in the backyard. “I like Jeeps.”

But on Thursday, unfortunately, only Trenton would be going along for the ride across the river to ride in his grandfather’s Jeep.

“Tucker is sick so he has to stay here and get better,” Weatherly said with Tucker peeking out the door behind her. “He’s going to have to miss out this time.”

The news from his mother, Morgan, that he had to stay home still didn’t stop Tucker from confirming the harsh reality with his grandmother.

“Do I really have to stay?” Tucker said whispering into his grandmother’s ear while giving her the patented look she knows is difficult to resist.

With a brief laugh and look of remorse, Weatherly sent Tucker back inside, but not without pointing out a perfect example of a typical situation with her grandchildren.

“That’s the face they always give me,” Weatherly said laughing. “How can I say no to that?”

But at the end of the day Weatherly said she welcomes any and all faces from her grandchildren, who she has come to love more than she ever though she would.

“My mother always said, ‘You love your kids, but you’ll love your grandkids even more,’” Weatherly said. “I never understood how that could be possible until I became a grandmother.

“You just fall in love with them.”