THE CIRCLE OF LIFEOne of the most fabulous parts of Midlife is the joy of sharing in the blessing of the next generation. To see your children's children and to be allowed to participate in loving them and revelling in their cuteness is beyond words. To be part of the life of a happy and sun-shiny grandbaby fills my heart with gratitude every day.
GRANDBABY NUMBER 1
Our son and daughter-in-law had their first baby in at the end of April last year. They named her Sophia (which is Greek for 'wisdom') and she is an absolute delight. I'm not sure how they figured all their parenting skills out, but they are doing amazingly well with her. She is the happiest little soul and spends a lot of time contemplating the world around her with a wise and thoughtful expression on her face (she was aptly named indeed). Crying is very low on her to-do list - although her mother may not always agree with that.
Sophia and her mum and dad live a couple of hours away from us in the city and since her birth we've juggled visits up to them, and longer visits down here from them, so we can get to know her and have some quality grandparent time. We drive up to the city more often these days - so she doesn't forget who we are - and the added bonus is that we get to see our adult kids more regularly too - win/win!
BEING A GRANDPARENT TODAYMy belief is that grandparents are there to be the cheer squad. To trust our children will be better parents than we were - that they will put all we taught them into practice and refine it with their own way of doing things. It is not our role to judge or criticize their decisions and choices, but to be part of the support team and to listen and reassure them that they're great parents (and they are!) I love that we're young enough in Midlife to enjoy the fun of a little one in our lives, and flexible enough to be able to spend time with her whenever the opportunity arises.
See you tomorrow for H - which is for the Happiness.