Florida grandparents build traffic light outside their home to let granddaughter know when it’s “visiting time.”
LAKELAND, FLORIDA – Grandparents are a gift, especially when they live just 3 doors down from their grandchildren. But even grandparents enjoy and need their personal space. And recently, a pair of Lakeland, Florida, grandparents took the need for personal space to a whole new level – by building a massive traffic light in front of their home to signal to their granddaughter that it’s “visiting time.”
5-year-old, Austyn Hazelbaker, loves her grandparents that live just a few doors down from her. In fact, she loves them so much, that she would visit everyday, multiple times a day, if she could. The little cutie’s mom, Britta Hazelbaker, is trying to teach her daughter that everyone needs their personal space. That’s when the idea of setting up a flag was born. The flag would indicate when it was “ok” for Austyn to make a much-anticipated visit to her beloved grandparents. Liking the idea, and being the fun-loving people they are, Austyn’s grandparents did the 33-year-old one better – they built a huge traffic light in front of their home instead, indicating when it was visiting time. But this isn’t just a “stop or go” signal…there was some extra fun built into what is now a fun game they play together.
The mom of two sent a photo of the hilarious, yet heartwarming moment to Majically News, saying:
“My husband and I decided to sell our home and build a new one in his parents neighborhood. And when I mean in their neighborhood, I mean 3 doors down from them! I’m sure you’re thinking “man, I could never live that close to my inlaws” but lucky for me, we have a great relationship and it is working out perfectly so far! So good in fact, that I suggested they needed to get some sort of flag to set up outside of their house that signaled “visiting time.” My 5 year old seems to think that she can go down there whenever she wants and we are trying to teach personal space and the fact that you just can’t show up unannounced to someone’s home whenever you want. They thought this was a great idea. It was funny and educational all in one!”
“My father in law, being the funny guy that he is, decided to upgrade the flag idea and install a giant, life-size traffic light…funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Just, genius! I was upset that I hadn’t come up with that idea myself! He set it up in their backyard, facing in the direction of our house so that my daughter can see what color it is set on from our back porch. Red, of course means Not Now. Green, of course means Let’s Go! Yellow…yellow is the fun one. When it’s on yellow, she is welcome to come down, but she has to take a treat with her! What was the first color they put it on? Yellow! hahaha so when my daughter saw that she yelled “it’s Yellow!! They want treats!!!” So we baked some cookies and off she went for about an hour or so. Now, instead of asking me a million times a day if she can go down to visit, she just constantly goes to the back porch and checks the color of the light and impatiently waits for it to change. I think this little system we have here is going to work out just fine and we can have some fun and laughs in the process! I even find myself checking every now and then hoping that it’s on green…I told them I was going to secretly wire it to make it stay on that color, so now I’m closely watched when we all go over to visit, hehe.”