Phoenie came to visit for the weekend while Mom and Dad went for a romantic weekend getaway. As I watched him climb out of the car, my mind flashed back to the day he was born, when I was watching my husband strut down the hospital halls, cradling his little seven pound bundle-of-joy grandson in his arms. Fast forward six plus years and here we are, group hugging at the front door.
“Hi Nana! I’ve grown! I’m almost as tall as my mom’s neck!”
Phoenie is growing up and I confess – I have mixed feelings about it.
Papak and Phoenie are sprawled out on the couch, watching the Gene Wilder version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (not as creepy as the Johnny Depp version). I suppose it was a commercial break when Phoenie came out into the kitchen, crawled on to my lap and asked, “What are you doing, Nana?”
“I’m writing about you.”
“Again?” was Phoenie’s response. He smiled and then ran off. I think Phoenie really likes the fact that I write about him.
It’s another commercial break. Papak went outside to see what happened to the coins that he and Phoenie had duct-taped to the railroad track earlier this evening. Phoenie came back into the kitchen, crawled back on to my lap and started reading my blog. He corrected one of my sentences, asked for another glass of pomegranate juice and Perrier (I have no idea how that became his drink of choice) and then he ran back into the TV room.
It’s different with your grandchildren then with your children. As a mother of three young children, I was often so consumed with the demands of the day that I missed some of the simple wonders of my children growing up. I didn’t always make time to really watch and really listen and really feel like I am able to do with my grandson. I suppose that’s why they say that grandparenting is a luxury. There’s more time and less responsibility as a grandparent. I enjoy every hug and giggle, I appreciate every “Love you Nana!” and I watch in wonder as Phoenie reads, tells jokes and gets excited about watching his lima bean grow towards the sun.
Phoenie has grown 1.5 inches since October and he now weighs 43.5 pounds. He’s swimming on his own now and he’s planning on taking the training wheels off his bike this summer…maybe. He’s definitely growing up. But he still loves to sleep with Mr. Froggy. I like that.