Until Sunday, our 13-month-old grandson, Aubren, squealed with delight whenever Grandpa came home. But not any more.
Aubren has discovered girls!
The girls in question are his cousins, Paris and Brooklyn, who are 7 and 6 (almost 8 and 7) respectively. Our son drops them off and I drive them to school. When they return just after 4, we hear the same squeals of delight as the girls entertain him until their dad gets back to take them home. As any man knows, girls can be a distraction. From the moment they arrive, these two girls distract him constantly. He only has eyes for them.
It’s lovely to see them together.
There’s a fourth one, too. Aubren has a younger brother who is only three months old, called Leeson. Leeson isn’t quite as active yet but he enjoys watching the other three from the comfort of his “Einstein chair.” When the girls are around, there’s always a smile on his face.
From this Sunday, four grows to eight as we are traveling down to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Indianapolis for a few days. They have four children themselves, including twin boys born in September, just six months ago. The boys are called Ethan and Evan. Their older girls, Alyssa and Elena, are 8 (today) and 6 and are very good at watching their brothers.
Eight young children under one roof is a daunting prospect. It’s quite likely I will invite my son-in-law, Mike, to join me for a drink one evening, somewhere, anywhere, away from the house! Make that two evenings!
No, I’m sure it will be a great joy to see them all having fun together and especially to see the girls taking care of their younger brothers and cousins.
Grandparenting really is the best time of life. It’s so good we should have done it first!
Having grandchildren takes your mind off all the ailments that afflict us as we age, all the disappointments and set-backs. When you have to change a poopie diaper, it takes your mind off everything else!
But it’s also good to see the world anew, through the eyes of youngsters who have just entered it. Everything is a wonder to them. When I take Aubren for a walk in his stroller, he looks around at the world around him, taking it all in. He’s especially fascinated with trees. But also dogs. He loves dogs.
Seeing the world through a child’s eyes, you see everything new. It’s like living your life all over again. I now have a deeper understanding of what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:3 — “And he said, Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” It’s spiritually beneficial to spend time with your grandchildren. Each day we should try to learn something new. We need to be teachable just like little children.
By the time most people are grandparents they have come to realize the importance of relationships over material things. The desire is simply to be involved in the lives of our grandchildren, to leave a legacy that will last for generations.
I still remember my grandparents. I was very fond of them and deeply appreciative of the time they spent with me. Not then, of course. When I was a child I didn’t think about it, but now I do and I love them more dearly as I get older. I look forward to seeing them again in the resurrection.
Meanwhile, I’m not too worried about Aubren’s fascination with girls. He will soon realize that only Grandpa can afford to buy him ice cream!