THE DART: Local enjoys quality time with young grandson
Published 12:01 am Monday, August 31, 2015
NATCHEZ — Grandmothers serve a variety of roles to their grandchildren — spoilers, advisors and sometimes caretakers.
But in Angela Blanton’s case, she is a babysitter.
When The Dart landed Sunday on Park Place in Natchez, she was doing just that for her grandson Jaiden Stewart, 4, which is not always the easiest job.
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“He’s a handful,” she said.
Blanton watches Stewart on her days off from being a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express while Stewart’s mother, Fredrica Campbell, is working as a housekeeper at the Comfort Inn and Suites.
Stewart is a whirl of energy. One second he was wrestling with his three-foot-tall Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson action figure and the next moment he was on the other side of the room climbing all over Blanton.
“See what I go through all day,” she said, with an overly loving Stewart hanging from her neck.
“But I’m used to it.”
Come Sunday each week, this is pretty much the scene.
“He’s very intelligent and curious,” she said. “And that mixed with all of his energy gets him in trouble.”
“He can be bad, very bad.”
Stewart refuted his grandmother’s comment.
“No, I’m good, I’m good,” he said through his perpetually mischievous grin.
But it is Stewart’s nature that makes Blanton love him even more.
“You can tell him to sit down a thousand times, and he will still be standing up,” she said.
“But I love him anyways.”
And even though Stewart knows just what buttons to push of his grandmother’s, he loves her right back.
In between crawling all over her, he stopped and kissed her on the cheek.
“Love you grandma,” he said.