I didn't understand. Not really. My friend, Mary, said it best several years ago. "I don't see what the big deal is all about. People just go on and on about their grandchildren and it's not that big of a deal!!"
Well, that was before she had any grandchildren and before I did. Now she says she reminds herself to keep it short and not to keep repeating the funny stories and the amazing accomplishments of her several grandchildren.
Fast forward to 2013. My grandson, Cody, just turned 1! How amazing is that?!? Yeah, right, just another first birthday. Just another day of adults sitting around watching a small child chase helium balloons, try cake for the first time (he didn't like it), and smile for the camera. But it WAS amazing!
This time around, I got to sit back, watch all the things he has learned to do in a year, and marvel at them. It's been a joyful ride as he changed from a tiny newborn checking us out through the window in the hospital nursery, to a busy boy who checks over his shoulder to see if you're keeping up with him as he pushes his walker around the house.
It's true I don't have to lose sleep, try to figure out why he's crying or whether he's getting enough to eat, or give baths, keep his pants changed, wash hundreds of little baby clothes....awww, they're so cute.... You get the picture.
So I can just focus on the awesomeness of life, in the true sense of the word. It's the circle of life that just keeps going in spite of the turmoil and trouble, the horrors and hassles of the world. The world is a nasty place sometimes and Cody doesn't know that yet. He just knows he has people who love him, take care of him, and make him laugh.
So I'm letting him show me the wonders of the world all over again. Going in a swimming pool for the first time, learning to walk in his clunky shoes instead of his bare feet, pointing at the things that catch his attention, making lots of noise just because he likes the way it sounds. He makes me forget about my worries, my sorrows, my deadlines, my aches and pains, and focus on what really matters in life.
And that is the gift our grandchildren give us. They make us feel young again as we see the world through their new and wondering eyes. We rediscover the things we have enjoyed over the years and that we want to share with them. They remind us to count our blessings, and when we do, they are at the top of the list.
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