See, the thing is, now that my daughter Mandy is due any moment (timer was set for 10/14) it’s all I really think about. Seems like I have a tough time focusing on anything else—like work or writing another blog post! I woke up last night several times and checked my phone, did Mandy text?
Now the logistic issue of her and her husband living in Alameda seems much more important since it’s at least 3 hours away. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter and son-in-law very much, but seeing them as often as my unborn granddaughter doesn’t seem as important! There is something about newborns, toddlers, and young children that require the attention of grandparents in a different way than children, especially adult children. And they don’t really need or want us anyway.
Maybe grandchildren don’t need their grandparents as much as we need them. Is it that protective instinct to care and nurture our youngest? Is it the innocent blank that is to be molded? Indeed, my new granddaughter living 3-plus hours away is not going to be good. Her grandparents on her dad’s side are only about an hour away, of which I’m envious.
By the time this posts on our website, I might be a Grandpa (who knows!), and little Lily will need her Granny and Poppa, I’m sure.