How often do you shed tears of joy?
Last week we celebrated the birth of our first grand child with tears of joy. We were ecstatic!
News of the birth came to us during the night. We were at the cottage enjoying the arrival of spring. Thanks to social media, we received photos of the first few hours of her life along with text messages from the hospital room.
Overcome with happiness, sleep was unnecessary and we rose at dawn, packed up, and came back to the city to get to the hospital for family visiting hours.
Excitement beyond belief was the feeling in the room as both sets of grand parents, some new uncles and aunts and close family friends crowded around the helpless perfect human being and two proud parents. I sobbed and laughed in the same moment.
“Every time a child is born, a grand parent is born too”
Many readers of this blog are already grandparents and some of you have experienced this delight many times over so you remember the intense feelings of the moment when you see the grand child.
I got the biggest promotion of my life last week when I became a grand parent.
Squeals of pleasure, elation, and pure delight overwhelmed me and brought tears of joy. The happiness was difficult to contain.
The birth of this child signalled a generational continuity as well as marking formation of a new family unit.
Seeing the pride in the eyes of our son and daughter-in-law as they held their daughter and marvelled at the flawless new being they had created was a magical moment. Suddenly life has a new purpose for everyone in both the nuclear family and the extended family.
Now we will enjoy the love and companionship of our son and daughter-in-law and the love and companionship of our grand-daughter.
This grand mother thing makes it tough to keep emotions in check but who cares? Love is inexhaustible and I won’t apologize for the tears of joy!