I missed covering the last city council meeting as life threw me some surprise news over the past week. I learned that I’m going to be a grandmother, which is one of those life-altering events. A whole new chapter is being written and I really don’t know what to say. I’m absolutely thrilled by the news. It’s exciting but thinking of myself as a grandmother seems patently ridiculous at the same time.
Here I am the youngest sibling in the family becoming a grandparent first. My older brothers are sure getting a kick out of it. I feel like I graduated from the kids’ card table at Thanksgiving to the grandmother who inspired “Over the River and Through The Woods”.
Unbeknownst to me, my daughter had devised a plan to break the news. She convinced me to sign up for an art class with her at the Decatur Arts Council, which was fun. We both made a collage-type painting and mine turned out looking like the most girly thing ever, which is funny because I’m not girly at all. We both got a laugh out of it. So, I jokingly suggested that if I were to have a granddaughter I would give it to her. She acted a little strange after I said that, which seemed odd. She’s used to my failed attempts at humor.
It turned out looking nice, though! It’s hanging in the spare bedroom where my grandson will probably spend a lot of time.
My daughter had beat me back to the house, as I was busy taking in the sights downtown. Between the Pokemon players walking into trees and traffic and workers getting ready for the Decatur Celebration, downtown was hopping, though it doesn’t look like it in this particular photo.
After I got back home and we talked for a couple hours, she finally worked up the nerve to tell me. I was shocked, speechless, stunned. Now I know how fathers feel. I’m used to breaking such news, not having it broke to me, but I couldn’t stop smiling for hours. It’s amazing! I wish had eloquent words for the moment but if a song is going to be written about me, “Over the River and Through the Woods” is perfectly fine, after seeing this face.