Through the years, different people have told my wife and I how incredible it is to be a grandparent but I have to confess, I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration. I remember specifically when our friends, Johnny and Janet Hunt had their first grandchild, Katie, I thought they had lost their minds! They went crazy over that baby girl and talked about her non-stop! I have watched the same thing happen to other friends and just did not fully understand it.
Nothing could have prepared me for the love, excitement and intoxication that all come with being a grandparent. I really did not expect the powerful emotions that have been poured out on me through my now 5 grandbabies.
Raising your own children is a joy in itself and I love my kids more than life itself but grandchildren are a different ballgame. Grandkids come with “no strings attached” – you can enjoy them and not have to worry about performance and making sure you do every little thing right.
The patience that comes from nowhere is truly remarkable. You just want time to stand still, you don’t want these little boys and girls to grow up. I’m sure a lot of that comes from remembering how your own children seemed to be toddlers one day and then grew into men and women the next! Time passes much too quickly and grandparents have first-hand knowledge of that from watching their own children grow up.
Grandchildren bring joy in everything they do…watching them sleep, feeding them, their first smile, those first cooing sounds, the first laugh, first step, etc… It is deeply fulfilling and emotional to watch your child have their own child and be a parent.
Last night it happened again…My oldest son, Stevie and his wife had a baby girl – Isla Pearl Flockhart, weighing 7 lbs and 14 oz, 20 inches long with a head full of dark hair! We didn’t get to hold her because the Doctor wanted to observe her in the Special Care Nursery (she is fine!) but we did get to see her through the window.
When the nurse held her up it happened again! The flood of emotion and the tears. I am the biggest wimp when it comes to these grand-babies.I can’t wait to hold her today for the first time!