I Love Being A Grandfather

Being a Grandfather, or as my youngest grand-daughter calls me, "GranPa", is indeed one of the greatest experiences that I've ever had.

I had the blessed childhood experience of having my grandparents living in the same town that I grew up in, and having one grandmother who lived in the family home.  That grandmother taught me my love for reading and books and she taught me how to read before I started elementary school.  I still have books that she gave me over 50 years ago.  One which is priceless: a first editon copy of "Tarzan of the Apes".

I would spend weeks at a time with my mother's parents and I was taught ethics and principles that positively shaped my life.

I have three grandchildren, but I am closest (relationally and distance wise) to my youngest granddaughter.  Her birth proves to me that even in the times of great tragedy, miracles occur.  She was born 9-11-01.  From the very first moment that I laid eyes on her and held her, an instant bond was formed, such as I have never felt in my entire life; and to this very day, I am the "man" in her life.  Am I a doting grandfather?  Yes, and proud of it.  Does she have me wrapped around her little finger?  Yes and I love it.

Although, I have two other grandchildren, I am not as close, relationally, to them.  I was living in Florida at the time of their births and didn't see them until the oldest was 5 and the youngest was 3.  But, they are lucky enough to have other grandparents who love them and live very close to them.

I nicknamed my youngest "Scooter".  Her given name is Harley, yes, named after the motorcycle, but I always said she wasn't big enough to be a "Harley", so I named her Scooter, instead.

All I can say is, 'that if you don't have a grandchild, you need to get one".  If I'd known how much fun a grandchild could be, I'd have had them (her) first."

risenphoenix risenphoenix
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3 Responses Feb 27, 2010

Neat

You were so Blessed to have been able to spend so much quality time with your grandparents. Not all of us were as fortunate. My grandfathers passed before my birth and my grandmothers while I was still young.
Nice story of your granddaughter also.

winnebago...thanks. If it had not been for my granddaughter, being there several years ago, I'm not sure that I would still be here. Had to experience major back surgery, which the after effects, nearly caused me to lose everything, and it was her love and adoration that were the only things that kept me going.<br />
I came to the realization, that I had to be here for her.