THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From My Window - The Debut Of A Princess
By Jane Thibodeau Martin, daughter of the Old-Time
On March 27th our family welcomed, with great joy, our first grandchild.
There are so many things in the heart of a grandparent " stress while standing by, out of the way, during the labor and delivery; joy and relief when the mother and child are found well and healthy; and a sense of peace, knowing this lucky baby was being welcomed by two parents committed to her well-being. Those parents are supported by extended families on both sides who enjoy each other's company, and will work together to support both the parents and the new tiny human being.
I nearly wore out my cell phone texting the big news to the first-time aunt, our daughter; the first-time great-grandmother, my Mom; and all the extended great aunts and uncles on both sides of our family. In this digital age, everyone got to see pictures, LOTS of pictures, nearly immediately. The news flashed from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and California instantly, to ensure every family member got to see those first pictures.
The birth of a grandchild prompts dozens of memories and stories, with labors and birth weights reviewed, and pictures to compare the baby with her Mommy and Daddy at birth. Who does she look like now? Whose temperament does she seem to have? As grandparents you re-live that rush of relief after the delivery, the joy of the return to the family home, and the nervousness of that first night on your own. It also brings a little pang of regret for those great-grandparents who are no longer here to meet the new arrival; but I am sure they watch from a better vantage point and celebrate like we are.
I most look forward to reading her books; introducing her to the family pets and the joy of loving all animals; and my first babysitting job with a grandchild. And I anticipate the fun of birthdays, the first steps, Christmas, her first word, and all those other milestones that lie ahead of us.
My heart is filled with joy, with gratitude, with peace.
You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: Janiethibmartin@gmail.com.