This has been an awesome week…a week full of awe!
We welcomed a baby girl into our family and she has been given the name
She is my first grandchild
and to look at her is to see the beauty and wonder of new life.
Chloe was born several days after her due date and following a long labour
so I was anxious
but she arrived safe and sound and healthy
after the Thanksgiving Weekend
and on what would have been my Mother’s 98th birthday.
Indeed…a time for giving thanks!
People have said various things to me expecting that I would feel as they have felt
when they became a grandparent for the first time
but one shouldn’t assume
what another will feel.
Some have said that grandparenting is the best thing ever.
but I have found parenting to be quite amazing.
Others have said that this was timed well for my retirement.
I suppose so…but I don’t think Chloe’s parents were thinking of my retirement
when she was conceived!
At present, I have three noticeable responses to her birth.
that ‘all is well’.
at seeing my son holding his babe and watching
these two new parents
as their tender love and great responsibility takes hold.
And a great sense of connection to both past and future.
When I held Chloe in my arms for the first time
there was a moment of breath holding
as I viewed innocence
freshness from Spirit-world
the beauty of human love and human potential
in my arms
and then my sigh that whispered
‘Hi little one…I’m your Grandma’.
A new connection and a new life to love.
While holding Chloe I noticed my own hands holding her.
I wear several rings on my fingers.
A few years ago I was a panelist for an Enneagram Heart-Space workshop
representing the Three Space
and at the end of it all a participant asked
‘what are all those rings about’
expecting that they had something to do with the ‘show’ that a Three can put forth
when I described them one by one
the Spiritual Director for this session exclaimed
‘it’s about Heart-relationship…it’s about relationship!’
One ring is my wedding ring, placed there 36 years ago and never removed.
Another is my 25th anniversary ring with three stones representing
each of my three children.
Another is my mother’s wedding band.
Another, my grandmother’s first wedding band and another, her second.
Another is the Celtic Cross that I’ve worn for 40 years now
a symbol of my Christian Faith.
And the last ring is my Camino Ring
the life pilgrimage ring.
Little Chloe was touched by all of this when she was placed in my arms.
Grandparents, an aunt and uncles, ancestors who have passed on,
the faith of her family
and the image of life as an unfolding journey
yet to be walked.
Many will walk with her.
It takes a village to raise a child, as the saying goes.
Grandma will enjoy walking with Chloe
and reading to her
and playing with her
and telling her stories so that she will know
and to whom she belongs.
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Pause for a moment to remember
your ancestors who have passed on
and those who continue
to walk with you through life.