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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group - March

Here is something I wrote when I found out my son and his wife were to have twins. I thought I'd share it for this month's posting since it's the first thing I've written in a very long time.

The grandmas I’ve known in my life are my own, of course, and those of my friends. And now I have several family members and friends who are grandmas. I’ve watched them with their grandchildren and wished to have one someday, but, frankly, I’d given up on that dream. My son is 44 and is busy building his business and there’s been no talk of babies.

Until the phone call when he asked what my hubby was doing and for him to get on the phone. The moment when we learned we were going to be grandparents. Of twins!

In that moment, we only knew about one of you - a boy. I could almost feel you in my arms as I thought about you growing inside your mommy. Your daddy was the happiest I’ve ever heard him as he told us how far along you were and when you were due to come into this world. 

I immediately wanted to make you something special, and tho’ I’m not crafty, I asked a friend to teach me to knit so i could make you a baby blanket. It has lots of beautiful colors and makes me happy thinking of wrapping you in it and holding you in my arms.

Then, a few weeks later, we learned you would have a twin sister. Ahh, the colors I chose will be great for either one of you. My dear friend, Clara, is making a blanket, too. 

The universe in which I have lived my life up until now has shifted with the news of your coming. I have come to call my new world Grandmaland. It is a land where I see babies everywhere I look and I smile, knowing in a few short months, I will be holding you both in my arms and pouring all the love I have in my soul onto you. It is a land where I think about how I will make sure I see you often and how I want everything to be perfect in your universe and knowing it won’t be. It can’t because there’s no such thing. 

What you need to know is that you are loved. Oh how you are loved. By your mommy. By your daddy. My your daddy’s mom (that’s me) and dad  and your daddy’s stepdad and your daddy’s stepmom . And your mommy’s mom  and your mommy’s dad. And all your aunts and uncles and great aunts and uncles. And cousins. And friends of your mommy’s and daddy’s and friends of your grandparents. There are so many people waiting to welcome you into the world and love you and help you on your journey once you arrive.


Grandmaland. A land in which I wait and pray and hope and hold you in the Light and Love of Spirit.

14 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

What a wonderful essay that your grandchildren will read and treasure one day! You must have been so excited when you found out...not one, but two grandkids! I know you're enjoying Grandmaland...love the picture in your last post. :)

Pat Garcia said...

This is truly an experience that you will enjoy continuously. Watching them grow and being able to share some of your own journey as you pass along the wisdom that you've gained is a priceless reward that they will appreciate.
All the best and just enjoy Grandmaland.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G

Natalie Aguirre said...

Your grandkidswted for you to have grandkids. I can't wait but my daughter is only turning 21 this year so I'll have wait quite awhile for this.

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations, Karen! I know you will be a great grandma and it sounds like the twins will be bathed in love.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was wonderful. You should have that framed and give it to each one when they are older.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen - what a lovely welcome to first one, and then a second little person to this world ... two grandchildren - just great ... and keep writing to them - cheers Hilary

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. I'm in heaven, but heaven is not so easy sometimes. Twins are a real challenge - wonderful - but hard. The joy far overshadows the challenges, though
Pat, so true, each day they discover something new
Natalie, I'd given up on being a grandma, so there's always hope
Bish, my daughter-in-law-s mother said I can work magic, so I guess that means I'm doing ok
Alex, what a great idea - I think I'll do that
Hilary, thanks so much -

Gene Desrochers said...

Very heart-felt. Congrats!

Diane Burton said...

Lovely. What a treasure to share with the twins. Our son and his wife had twins last October. Along with telling us they were pregnant (last April) they also said they were moving from Arizona to Michigan (where we live). A double delight. We've thoroughly enjoyed having them nearby. I'm sure you've already discovered how much fun (and work) twins are. Enjoy.

Jemi Fraser said...

Lovely!!!
Congrats on the wonderful grand babies - there's nothing better than being a grandma!! Enjoy the moments :)

Jacqui Murray said...

Twins! I shudder at the thought! Nicely written piece, Karen.

Liza said...

Oh how lovely! Congratulations to you and your family! Grandmaland! I'm not ready to go there yet, but I imagine it is a wonderful place!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Your grandchildren will cherish this for the rest of their lives <3

DMS said...

What a beautiful story and something that will be treasured forever. Love how you captured such a special time. :) And I love the term grandmaland.
~Jess