When I told a cousin we were to be first time grandparents in April, she responded, “I have to share something with you that Aunt Lois said to me when we were chatting about grandchildren. Our grandson Andy who is 19 now was little then. She said she could only describe the feeling of having grandchildren to the feeling of falling in love. I thought that was so sweet and so true.”
When cousin Rebecca sent me that memory, we were “pending” grandparenthood. Arnee and I have been in love for nearly half a century and just couldn’t wait to fall in love all over again. The time is right and so was Aunt Lois.
After all the years of entering names and dates of birth, along with places of birth, on our family trees for each side of our families, the thrill of recording the next generation of our own nuclear family, our baby granddaughter born on April 20, 2019 in Portland, Oregon, was one of those out of body experiences. We’re so in love.
Seeing our progeny, smelling that pure newborn baby scent, tasting the luscious toes, and hearing that infant cry, all bring joy to my heart as I think about the fun we’ll have. As in my Tuesday blog post of April 2, 2019, “Life Is So Strange,” however, touch is the most underrated human sense. I can attest to that as my sense of feel was aroused by the very first touch of the soft skin of my granddaughter’s tender body,