There are amazing thresholds in life, good and bad, but the appearance of a great-grandchild is tough to top. What makes it so special? After your own wedding, the next big event is the birth of your children. That is followed by the birth of their children and life rushes along. At the time a great-grandchild appears life slows down, you sit back and review the madding pace of the previous years, and start to really absorb and acknowledge how lucky you have been and that smiling, sweet little face brings it all to the surface.
I can remember the gazillion photos we had of our first child. The numbers dwindled with the second one and by the time the third child came along I think it was limited to Christening photos and the yearly Christmas card. You get so busy and time and priorities change.
Thanks to our diligent granddaughter, Sophie, we get photos of Paxton weekly while Dad is diligently away at work. Each time they show up we chuckle, note the incredible progress he makes in a few days and comment on how alert and brilliant he is becoming; definitely an athletic and presidential candidate in the making.
We are expecting a second great-grandchild on April 24. And our third generation will delight us in September when our granddaughter is married on the Vineyard. Our joy in life continues and we continue to count our blessings.