Everyone usually thinks fondly or has fond memories of their grandparents. But I still cannot grasp the reality of being a grandparent; I think I look and feel younger than my age but when I think of my grandfather, who was born in 1879, was 90 when he passed and I was only 13.
The joy of holding your grandchild for the first time is indescribable, but it still seems surreal and hard to grasp the reality of it all. Since I started early having our daughter Sarah at only 27, there is a fairly earlier time frame than I experienced. So those of us who aren’t ready for being a grandparent had better wake up and smell the baby poop. At least changing diapers is usually not a mandate. My grandson Calvin is the smartest, cutest little fella and I can’t wait to see him grow into a fine young man. They live about 9 hours away so the facetime option has to suffice for getting to see and hear him with the new words he’s learning etc. Being there and engaged to the degree possible to love on him and be a positive influence is important.
So to me, the top five bombshells of being a grandparent are:
5. You can dote on and spoil the grandkids and return them to their parents with immunity.
4. You’re the respected elder and the grandkids haven’t yet heard some of your boring stories.
3. You have to let their parents call the shots on how to raise them, make suggestions carefully.
2. You can decide what you want them to call you, grandpa, pa-pa, pop-pop etc.
1. And the number one bombshell to being a grand-dad is the realization of waking up next to a grandmother!