I have to say one of the most powerful moments in life for me was the day my daughter was born. I was scared, over joyed, and filled with love that I thought nothing in this world could ever out do. I was wrong!
The day came when my first grandchild was born (Little Man), I was so excited that he was a boy since I only had girls and I was over joyed that he was healthy. Then my granddaughter was born about 8 months later and I was at the hospital waiting on her to come into this world. I was worried for my other daughter during this delivery for she has health issues and this could have turned badly very fast. We were lucky, everyone was healthy and in good shape when it was all over. I wish I could have been with the other daughter for my grandsons birth but the distance and my job would not allow that to happen at the time.
Looking backwards in time I wish I could change many things, but life is full of lessons in which we learn from to advance forward in life, to be roll models for our kids and grandkids. Today I am a much better person for the things I have seen and done both good and bad. I have a life filled with love, I have my God, and I have my family. Sure we all have issues from time to time but what counts is how you decide to look at them and handle them. Maybe what I am trying to say is that what matters in life is those you surround yourself with. Family is the most important in my life these days and close friends you can count on.
Being a Grandfather is one of the most important things in my life. I want to set a good roll model for them, I want to be their when they need me, I want to watch them grow and learn. How does one explain the love for a grandchild? I can say it is much different than the love of a child. It is like loving some thing so special that you just want to protect them always from the world. The hard part is knowing you cannot protect them always and they have to learn the world on there own. Well, to be honest I felt the same way with my daughters but some how this is different and really hard to put a finger on it and why it is!!!! The only think that comes to mind is the fact that you as a grandparent are more relaxed about things kids do, and you let them do it without worrying if they should put that in the mouth or let the fall for the first time while they learn to walk.
The hard part will come when you want to give them everything because you can but what will that teach them? I guess the learning curve of having your own children give you the insight or foresight on how to handle things better.
It is funny that we seem to repeat history in a strange short of way. I never thought I would be changing diapers again, feeding a baby again, or teaching them new things but the funny part is, it is much easier this time around.