This past weekend I held my great-grandson in my arms for the first time. He is just seven months old and lives with his parents in North Carolina – much too far away from this great-grandmother.
This triggered so many memories and emotions. The overwhelming and instant love I felt when they placed his grandmother – my daughter – in my arms for the first time. Struck by the responsibility I faced to care for this life that God had given me and my husband. Amazed at the strong love that filled my heart at the sight of her beautiful little face. Excited about what waited for us in the coming years as I would watch her grow and teach her to walk, to read, play with her in the park, take her shopping. All the plans I had.
Thinking I had years ahead of me to spend with her, I had no idea how quickly she would grow up, fall in love and begin a new life. A life where I no longer had that responsibility to care for her or teach her. A time when she would no longer be my “little girl” but a grown woman and we would have to readjust our relationship.
But this time was also an exciting one. Watching her fall in love, seeing her make her own way in the world. The best part was when once again a little baby came into my life.
This time it was a grandson. I thought being a mother was great – but holding that little boy – I thought nothing could top that.
I loved the years with this little guy. Taking him to get ice cream or just walking after a rain and stepping in all the puddles we would find – all the time I spent with him was golden.
Too quickly he grew up. Once again I repeated the history I had with his mother. Watching him graduate from college, fall in love and begin his life as an adult.
Now once again I have experienced such a magical moment. Holding my grandson’s son! Amazing that little guy I had never seen before except in pictures, now was here with me – and I fell head over heels in love with him.
As the weekend passed by way too soon and he is now off to North Carolina again, I am thinking of my own parents and grandparents. How life goes by so quickly but also how blessed it is to have family – past, present, future.
It is doubtful I will live to see this little guy’s children. But I hope the memory of me will live on and stories about me will be shared with him.
I have worked some on my genealogy finding stories of great grandparents. This visit has made me want even more to know more about those who went before me. I will be working more in earnest once again to find and treasure their stores.
Past, present and future. As I come toward the end of my own life I realize more than ever that in the end it is family that matters most.
Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.”– Pam Brown
Just when grandparents think their work is finished someone calls them “great.”