It’s been nearly 27 years since I started Chesapeake Family Life. My daughter was 7 when the first issue went out and tonight she’s have a baby. I’m going to be a gramma. I can hardly believe it.
I go to a coffee shop almost every morning and one of the guys I see there told me that the grandparent/grandchild relationship is the most perfect relationship there is. He cherishes his granddaughters. This is an old guy that I probably have barely anything in common with. We just nod hello at each other in the morning and here he is with a big grin on his face talking about being a grandfather. Must be something to it.
Here are the details.
My daughter, Janet lives with her husband Greg in a little townhouse in Washington, D.C., near Catholic University. They got married, bought the house and are having a baby all in one year, although they’ve known each other for about five years now. They have a big chocolate lab named Hank who has been with Janet since he was about six weeks old. Hank adores Janet, let’s hope he adores the baby.
Janet teaches science at a school in Alexandria, Greg works at the State Department. They are both very excited about having a baby and they decided not to find out the sex until the baby is born.
The baby is due in two weeks. Janet has spent this week taking her high school kids on field trips. Today they went to the Science Center in Baltimore. When they got back to school, Janet called the doctor, gave her symptoms and was told to go right to the hospital.
And I’m in North Carolina.
I’ll leave first thing tomorrow morning to go see the baby. There better be a baby by then. So now my phone is charging, and I keep looking for text messages.
In the meantime, I’m trying to decide who I’m going to be to this baby, and what I want to teach it. For sure I’m going to teach it fun stuff. We’ll go to the creek and search for critters. We’ll walk in the woods and learn about trees and flowers and bugs, especially little rolly pollies. They are fun to poke at and watch roll up. We can fly kites, plant flowers, and play tennis and make things out of cardboard, and read books, lots of books. I hope we can go on grand adventures. That’s the kind of grandmother I want to be.
Donna Jefferson is the founder and CEO of Chesapeake Family Life media which she started in 1990. She’s the mother of two grown children and grandma to one.