It’s incredible that anyone who has raised five kids and is now helping with her 14 grandchildren can survive with the calm demeanor that 56-year-old Tammy Johnson possesses, especially since she has been dealing with a C5-6 SCI since she was 14.
She and her husband Todd, 60, are doing what a lot of empty nesters do these days: babysit grandkids while mom and dad work. Lately, Tammy has been supervising three grandsons, ages 9, 7 and 5. Together, they’ll watch cartoons or a movie, eat lunch and play with Legos or video games.
“They really just need to be supervised,” Johnson says. “They usually bring their own lunch, but I taught the oldest one how to make corn dogs in the microwave, because he seems to think he needs them all the time. I’m like, ‘All right, you’re not mine, you’re hungry, so go ahead.’” It’s this easy “take it as it comes” attitude that Johnson used to raise her own five children.