Grandparent Diary: 4 Years!

Today our eldest grandson turns 4.

We had just sat down to watch a performance of Measure for Measure at a professional theater about 20 minutes from our house. I was checking my phone one last time before silencing it, and saw I’d missed a call from our son Jacob. He was living in Israel; 8 pm our time was about 11 am the next day for him. I quickly listened to the message as the lights went out and whispered the news to my husband.  I soon realized I couldn’t concentrate on a single Shakespearian line. We made it to intermission and left, eager to hear the details and share the news with family and friends.

We were on a plane within two days to meet this little boy who changed our status from parents to grandparents. DSC_0128 The family moved to New Jersey about six months later, to a town about 40 minutes drive away.

Grandparenthood is great fun.  There’s a lot of playing: on the floor with blocks, trains, trucks and cars; at the easel with crayons and markers, at the kitchen table with a mixing bowl, stirring pancake, muffin, or cookie batter.  There’s walks to the park, hikes in the woods,  trips to the zoo, yoga on the lawn, and lots of stories- read from old favorites and new authors, and imaginative story telling that my son and husband excel at.  There are excuses to shop for cute outfits or necessities like snow jackets, hats and mittens, and people to knit for.  There’s being invited to Grandparents Day.  There are reasons to make silly faces and sing silly songs and act a bit like a child.

And much more.  There’s having the chance to witness firsthand once again how language develops; how funny so much seems to small children and how they express their feelings.  There are so many “firsts”:  crawling, walking, foods, words, writing his name, getting dressed helping with chores. There’s observing how fine and gross motor skills evolve. There’s the searching in a child’s face to determine “who he or she looks like” and the extraordinary privilege of seeing your children be parents.  There’s remembering my own grandparents and how the cycle of life continues.

There’s worry too. About the kind of world they’ll face when they grow-up.  About global warming, and gun control, and health.

There’s wonder about where their lives will take them and hoping I’ll be around a long time to watch.

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With cousins & sister

With cousins & sister

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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20 Responses to Grandparent Diary: 4 Years!

  1. Colline says:

    Being a grandparent sounds like a joy. Parenting without the responsibility 🙂

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  2. Mazel Tov, Lisa! Such a joyful post, celebrating a boy I know you love very much. Thanks for sharing; this is lovely. 🙂

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  3. Judy says:

    Sweet photos Lisa! How fun!!

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  4. Four is a great age! They’re so much fun, aren’t they?

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  5. Happy Grandparent Anniversary! Happy birthday to your grandson as well!

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  6. Happy birthday to the little boy who was a darling newborn and is now an adorable big boy.

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  7. Grandparenting is a delightful occupation. Happy 4th birthday to your little one. 🙂

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  8. joan turk says:

    Lisa, We have something in common. Today my first grandchild turned 14. December 12th is obviously a very good day. I can’t believe that 14 years have passed so quickly. I remember the day of her birth in detail as you do and share all your sentiments about grandparenthood, the wonders and the worries.

    Fondly, Joan

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  9. Drjcwash says:

    Congratulations. It is hard to believe it has been 4 years. Beautiful picture of all of them.

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  10. I just shared the Sisterhood award with you, at the bottom of the NYC post. Added it late, as I haven’t had time to blog about it, and remembered after I’d posted. Wanted to honor you for your fun posts and blogging friendship. Mazel!

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  11. Hi Lisa! Lovely post – perfect for Jake’s Sunday Post on Children’s Games.
    I’ve been caught up in settling from our big move across the country…and trying to carve time out to continue writing picture books. Glad Jake’s post helped me reconnect with you. 🙂

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  12. Thanks– happy to have you back and look forward to your posts. We just bought Candyland– they’re ready for it.

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  13. jakesprinter says:

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa …Beautiful kids you have there 🙂

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  14. Thanks! They sure are.

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