My dad had the opportunity to share his experience of being a grandpa, and my mom shared her trip to Chicago to be on the Oprah show, but she hasn’t had the chance to share her grandma experiences yet. Now she’s able to do just that. Needless to say, I think she looooves being a grandma. I was lucky to have her as my mom, and now Ellie and Chloe are lucky to have her as their grandma.
THE JOYS OF GRANDMAHOOD
Grandma!Â Ellie shouts as she comes through the door with a big hug and kiss.Â It’s music to my ears and pulls at my heartstrings.
Friends and family who had grandchildren told me how wonderful it was to be a grandparent.Â “It’s much different and better than being a parent”,Â they would say.Â They were so right!Â I LOVE being a grandma.
When Ellie spends time with me, we play, and boy do we play.Â We play with play dough, paints, coloring books, puzzles…weÂ sing, dance and ‘all fall down’ (only it’s harder to get back up).Â I like that I can let go and be a kid again and not be concerned of how silly I look.Â I am a grandma, it’s ok, it’s allowed and I hope, welcomed.
She has a vivid imagination and loves role playing.Â She put me and her imaginary friend, Penny, in a ‘high chair’, placed the bibs around our necks and fed us soup, scrambled eggs, and pancakes.Â She made the food on the cardboard stove I made her using all the motions of cracking open the eggs, leveling the flour in the measuring cup, pouring milk etc. We had to eat it ‘all gone’.
Another time, we went to the “grocery store” only after she buckled my seat belt in the back seat of the imaginary car, again going through the motions of opening and closing the doors, starting the car, and turning the wheel.Â We scooted along the floor to make the car go.Â It’s these role playing ‘games’ that make you so aware how children learn by example.Â They see and hear everything around them and take it all in.
Having grandchildren makes you stop and smell the roses.Â Your eyes are opened again to the wonders of nature.Â Although I have always had a great appreciation of the earth and the beauty it offers (I can see beauty in a pile of topsoil when others may only see dirt), seeing it through the inquisitive eyes of a child isÂ more rewarding.Â You notice an antÂ crawling on the sidewalk but with a child you see how it moves, what it’s carrying, eating and the path it takes.Â When EllieÂ and I go for a walk, we continually stop as she says, “What’s this, what’s he doin’?, What’s that sound?” as she picks up twigs, pebbles, leaves and yes, ants.Â Everything that I take for granted is new and exciting to her which opens my eyes to new discoveries.
I love sharing my time with Ellie whether it’s a trip to the farm or exploring the backyard, building sand castles or baking banana muffins.Â She is an independent (I do it myself) sweetheart.Â One day, I went to sit on our backyard swing and it moved and I landed on my bottom.Â She came over to me and with great concern on her face, said “Grandma, you all right, you ok?”Â and gave me a hug and kiss.Â There’s that learning by example again.
Grandchildren teach you patience, too. You have to allow extra time to go anywhere or do anything.Â From her putting on her shoes to getting in the car and car seat by herself all while observing everything around her, it takes forever.Â Baths take extra time depending on whether she wants one or not. And of course, you can’t forget waiting for that occasional ‘meltdown’ to subside.Â I’m sure glad I don’t experience those too often.
I love when I read her a story before bed then tuck her in with a hug and kiss.Â Sometimes she’ll ask me to hold her hand and sing her the ‘baby song’.Â The words and melody may not be the same every time but it doesn’t matter.Â The love and closeness is always there. And nothing melts my heart faster than when she wraps her arm around my neck and gives me a spontaneous hug and kiss for no reason.Â I am putty in her hands.
Now, I am a grandma of two beautiful girls!Â Even though I was ecstatic when we got the news of a baby on the way, worries cropped up.Â Will there be enough love for two, will I show favoritism, will I develop the same close relationshipÂ withÂ Chloe that I have with Ellie? Will I have enough energy for two?Â Â At the time, these concerns seemed real, but they sound silly now.Â Just holding and gazing into Chloe’s eyes erased all my fears.Â Of course there’s enough love!Â How could I have thought otherwise?!
I’m looking forward to tea parties, playing dress up, overnight stays and baking cookies with my girls. To seeing them develop a close sister relationship that my sister and I have. To double the hugs and kisses.
Yep, I love being a grandma and everything that goes with it!!