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Our flight to see our loved ones took the whole day with a stop along the way. But, the anticipation was just too exciting to worry about the weariness of travel. We talked about some of our great memories from past visits. Now, we looked forward to making more.
When our plane touched down, we caught each other beaming with delight. Soon we would cuddle little lives in big grandparent hugs, shower these little ones with love and drink in endless moments of laughter. The rendezvous with our kids vehicle went smoothly but our warm hugs were limited to our son-in-law. Grandchild #1 was sound asleep in his car seat.
Grandparents are not easily disappointed. Instead of raucous hugs, laughs and presents we just gazed at the face of a sleeping angel all the way home. When peepers finally popped open, smiles erupted and the long anticipated hugs flooded the afternoon.
Gifts of toys, new clothes, treats and fun little knickknacks filled our day. Unbounded gratitude from these little lives warmed our hearts. Isn’t it amazing how so much love is generated and shared when so little grown up conversations have been exchanged?
Hugs from these little ones are fabulous. The warmth and unconditional affection melt the well protected hearts of adults who have shielded so much after so much of life has been hard and tough. God has a way of rewarding the perseverance of lives lived in complete devotion to Him.
Soon we were taken by our hands and followed running little feet and our granddaughter was engulfed into the reunion. Celebration took another half step higher. Oh, yeah, our daughter was there too!
Happy Thanksgiving to one and ALL!
Anticipation grabs the human soul like no other electrifying experience. So, I played it cool when we boarded the plane in anticipation of spending time with our first granddaughter, our second grandchild. Everyone took their turn while I gave my attention to my I-phone.
Eventually, just as I suspected, someone asked, “Do you want to hold her?” I looked up surprised and acting detached and other-worldly occupied, “What? Oh, sure.”
This little life was carefully handed over to me. She was so tiny. The warmth of her little body felt good in my arms.
With attention I cradled her in the crook of my arm and caught her in the palm of my left hand. There was no weight to this little package. It wasn’t long before I melted into her world.
Her soft breathing made me sigh with joy. Carefully I took her little hand in between my finger and thumb. The tender skin, perfectly formed appendage broadened my smile.
It was natural to rock the newest member of our family. Gently I hugged her. Then I kissed her.
Babies smell so good. They wiggle in grasp of their grandfather. Surely, they love the comfort of protection, affection and admiration of their favorite relative. It is instinctive.
In this small world between granddaughter and grandfather, the other people around us faded away. Now, for all time a bond was forming that would be everlasting. Nothing could break was being established at this moment.
I was falling in love with another human being with whom I have not yet had a single intelligible conversation. Nevertheless, no one would dispute its reality or its beauty.
There is nothing comparative about a Grandfather’s love for his grandchildren. Love is never about such small distractions of others. Instead, Grandfathering is only about concentration on the blessings in the arms at the time.
Favorites are not allowed when love is completely pure, unselfish, giving and overwhelming. We who wear the badge of Grandfather can’t be bothered with attention hived off to total strangers. Love is fully devoted to a the little life at hand.
That’s what the touch of a granddaughter will do. It melts the strongest of men, the most accomplished of me into a bowl of gelatin ready to be molded into whatever this little life desires. That’s why God created little ones with little fingers; just the right place to wrap Grandpa around.
photo credit: KJB photography