Yes, yes. I know I've already mentioned it, but hey, I'm a grandmother now, so you'll probably hear about it a lot!
It's hard for me to believe, but my grandson will soon celebrate his 1 month birthday. He is still mostly just eating and sleeping and growing, but it's so amazing to hold him and watch him while he sleeps. I can see him dreaming... his eyes twitch, his mouth moves, he smiles...
What are you dreaming about, little C?
To become a grandparent is to enjoy one of the few pleasures in life for which the consequences have already been paid.
I don't live close enough to see him everyday, but I'm close enough to be there pretty fast if ever I'm needed. I'm not sure if that will ever happen. My son and daughter-in-law have things under control, but they know we are here if they need us.
Thanks to my job as a Realtor, though, I travel all over the city, so I've been able to swing by at least once a week after showing property, whether they need me or not.
As I imagined, becoming a grandmother brought me a lot of "firsts" to add to my 60 by 60 list: the first time I heard little C cry... the first time I watched my son change little C's diaper...the first time I held little C... fed little C a bottle... changed little C's diaper myself...
Yes, a lot of firsts and "sweet!"s come with the birth of a grandbaby.
(Isn't he beautiful?)
If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you’re the grandma.
Life continues apart from grandmothering, though, so here are a few "sweet!"s from the past couple of months (just a handful for the sake of time!) ...
I continue to find heart rocks, and friends continue sending me images of hearts they are finding from clouds and leaves to onions and radishes!
My front porch when it's all swept of leaves, dirt, and dog hair
Hard hat tours of downtown Austin hi-rise condos, like 70 Rainey and 5th & West
Amazing views of Lady Bird Lake from 70 Rainey
Hard hats shaped like cowboy hats!
Inspiration and chocolate, courtesy of Dove
Driving to Belton to meet an interesting, elderly, "off the cloud" client in person to sign a listing agreement
Stopping for lunch afterward at a restaurant on Lake Belton where I ate with my grandmother decades ago
A visit from my nephew and his precious kids
Finding valuable podcasts and books on Audible to listen to when driving
Playing my drums
Spotting a deer, a cotton-tail, and a fox all on one morning walk
Helping a friend's son and his wife buy their first home, and having their offer selected over others
Referrals from friends and past clients
Getting a $70K reduction in our county property taxes because of my protest
Stepping out of my comfort zone
Friends from high school letting me know when they are in town
Rain, rain, and more rain
Listening to the birds chattering in the trees, excited about the rain
A friend living in Paris sharing photos of a sunset over the Seine River
Purple flowers, and other things we tend to take for granted.
(This is an old photo of prairie verbena, a tough and beautiful flower that continues to bloom despite drought or flood, freezing winters or scorching summers. It's blooming at the curve of our road right now, but I realized yesterday morning that I hadn't even noticed it until then, even though it's one of my favorites. I just wasn't paying attention. What favorites are you taking for granted right now?)
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982