So, I had my first grandchild in August…
He lives 1,000 miles away, which could be around the world, since I have limited vacation time. 🙁
Before his birth, so many people asked, “Aren’t you excited?” and I would answer politely, “Oh, sure,” but honestly, I wondered how much difference it would make in my life.
I don’t have the opportunity to see him often.
I don’t know my daughter-in-law very well. We have not lived near one another for any length of time.
I also know “No expectations, no disappointments,” so you could say I had no expectations. His birth would happen and I would keep putting my socks on one at a time and clocking in for my shift Monday through Friday.
I did not think his little life would affect mine at all. How could it?
Labor and delivery went well, and my daughter-in-love is a tough cookie. I am so proud of her. It is no easy thing – this every day miracle of giving birth.
I eventually got to visit when Baby Dillon was 2 months old. His parents asked me to time my visit with their plans to attend a concert.
I was honored to be his first baby-sitter.
Not only is my grand-baby adorable; he is very easy-going. We spent time looking at the chickens in the yard, talking about his silly dogs and feeding, burping, diapering.
He is a lot like me; he likes his naps!
It was a lovely time with a Bundle of Sweetness.
The other night the Parents texted me photos of My Dillon perched on a pony. I could feel my heart tighten and soften, like a warm hand on my chest.
What a cutie. What a delight. His expression!
I made that photo my background screen on my work computer.
When I glance up from inspecting a piece, or from the paperwork on my desk and I spot his adorable-ness, my entire perspective shifts.
Yes, work is important, and my work is critical to safe flights, but there is a little voice that reminds me it’s not that important.
My entire perspective has shifted.
There is a Package of Happiness eating, sleeping, (even laughing!) on this planet that means the world to me. He is a thousand miles away and in my heart at the same time.
I am in love.