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My life has officially registered decades of revolutions around the sun. In the my mind I am experienced with life and wise to a shyster. My heart is guarded, calloused from the past episodes of friction from undesirable lives.
Yet, in the presence of an innocent life, I am shockingly vulnerable. She cannot even utter a single syllable that is understandable. There is no talent or skill or knowledge that would endear her to my field of expertise.
Any sound that she makes is unintelligible. When I speak to her she shows no interest or awareness of what I am saying. She has no connection with titles, position, education or achievement.
No, this is not a case of disrespect. There is no arrogance on her part. Nor does she hold to a contrasting political or values position.
She is my granddaughter. This summer she was born and as I held her in my arms she was a mere two weeks old. That is a legitimate reason for her detachment from any words that I was using.
Nevertheless, while she not winning any debate or nudging me off-balance with her arguments or mesmerizing me with a well-formed speeches she did already have me wrapped around her little finger. Maybe it is a good thing that she was able to utter a conversation that was understandable. Whatever she could have or would have asked I would have granted it or worked to make it happen. That is the power of love, a love that melts the heart of a grandfather.
Her older brother is two years old. He was the first newborn that competed for my heart and won it easily as well. Now, he is old enough to affectionately hug me, run into my arms and cuddle with me when he wants a moment. He prepared me for the “Grandparent-effect”.
I wondered when I held him in my arms as I am still wondering while I hold his sister in my arms. How is it that I can melt into a love bonding so fast, so deeply with a human being with whom I have not even had one single understandable conversation?
It is inexplicable. This is a phenomenon that defies explanation or reason. Yet, I love it, embrace it and completely welcome it into my life.
Are you blessed with such innocent love? Have you ever tried to explain it but given up and just surrendered to it? Is it so wonderful forever?
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