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11 more weeks, but who’s counting?

A s the time draws closer to the moment that I become a grandmother for the first time, I am finding new joys in simply watching children. For the first time in years I notice newborns everywhere and am awed by them. They are with moms at the grocery store, with families eating at restaurants, sleeping soundly in strollers that navigate around the booths at the farmers market.  And each one is beautiful.

Their translucent skin, cherub-like cheeks and precious smiles make me anxious for that moment when I will hold my arms out and my son or daughter-in-law will hand me that bundle to hold. I well up with tears when I reflect on what it all means.

I am emotional, I suppose, because with my grandchild’s birth comes a certain passage. As she enters this world, I step one more day closer to leaving it. I am not being morbid. It’s true. It’s the circle of life.

In the lineage of women in my family—my great-grandmothers, my grand­mothers, my mother and me—my unborn granddaughter represents the next generation. We anticipate that she will be a little like us, but hopefully with just our best traits. We expect her to reach high, work hard, be truthful, fair and passionate about the things she believes most in. We hope that she is strong, confident, never fearful or alone, and stays safe for a hundred years. As I wait to meet her, I find myself packing her bags with some of my dreams.


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