I had a grandma and a nana....let's just say that it isn't in everyone's make up to be a loving grand parent. My grandma visited infrequently, but she brought m&m's smelled good and was always loving. My nana didn't have quite the same effect. Neither of my grandpas were part of my life, one having died before I was born and the other just not around, altbough I'm quite sure why.
At any rate I take the role on with love and enthusiasm, wanting to be a positive influence in all of my grand children's lives. I think in some ways we get a second chance. When my own child and stepchildren were growing up I didn't have the time patience or skills that I have now. I'd like to use my time and energy to be present in their lives. I love that grandpa takes their little hands In his and always has an ear to listen to their stories and an open heart.
Today's visit included cupcakes and singing and cuddles. We sang I love you forever, I like you for always, As long as I live, My baby you'll be. Being a grandparent fills me up with love in the best way.
Precious Layla photographed by Aimee Poole of Scott's Valley on the ocean in Santa Cruz.
And tomorrow We take our first grandbaby to New York City to celebrate her high school graduation. We look forward to an exciting adventure!