My grandma used to watch my brother and I a lot when we were little. She was there for a little while before and after school, and in the summers. She was the most vivacious babysitter that we ever had. She and my grandpa lived next door to us (they still live next to my parents’ house), so it was very convenient for us to have her come over. My brother and I fought like cats and dogs, so it required a lot of energy to watch us. She managed to keep us entertained and usually out of trouble. We had so much fun with her. In the winter she would jump rope with us in one of the hallways in our house. We built fort after fort out of the family room and living room couch cushions and extra bed sheets. We played hide-and-seek for hours. Jeff and I got to become pretty good rummy players. In the summer she spent hours with us in the pool, helping us learn to swim. She always made us an after school snack. Baked potatoes are the memory that comes back to me. She would cook them in the oven, and poke steam holes in them. She always made sure to poke holes in the shape of an M for me and in the shape of a J for my brother.