There is a steady feed of videos and pictures that come our way from our daughter and son-in-law. We never tire of watching the action or taking in the details of the pictures. The excess of 1000 miles of separation between us and our grandson is salved by these digital exchanges.
We love being a part of his growing up. Every day he is changing. His size and his locomotion are the news of the day.
Once we visited and he was a mere infant. The next time we visited and he was crawling like a spider from one place to the next. On this last visit he was on the verge of walking.
Progress is a special reason to celebrate every day as he grows. So much of life is wrapped in growth. Progress and new developments give us a reason to cheer.
When he was an infant and his little body was all about rest, I looked forward to the day when his smile and laughter would make us all treasure the joy that he was bringing into all of our lives. Videos give us a chance to be a part of those moments. His laughter infects the cheer center of our souls.
Whether he is looking at funny birds, entertained by animals at the zoo or taking in the comical otters at the Aquarium, we love to hear him laugh. He is all boy so his climbing adventures always include spills and falls. When he takes a tumble, he bounces back with laughter and tries the feat again.
A distraction enters into view and he stops to look. Curiosity is filling his brain with all sorts of entries into his life experience. Creation is all about differences and variety.
He is easily amazed at new things. They make him smile. His countenance is all about the thrill of experiencing life.
Some day I will give him the Grandpa lessons of life. I will have the thrill of filling in the details. When his spirit is stirred and he loves what he is learning, there will be no comparison of satisfaction.
Next, I am dreaming of our conversations. The questions are on their way. Those inquiries are moments that I am going relish.
They will be forays about life, reasons for this and how these things work. That is the world of grandfathering. I am ready to give my heart to this bundle of smiles.
photo credit: KB photography