Monday, October 17, 2011

Hasn't he got lovely eyes?

One difference that I find between being a mum and a granny is that I'm very aware of Grandson as a little bundle of potential. I think that being less involved with his day-to-day care allows time to speculate about what he might turn out to be. When we were parents of little ones, the days whizzed by but it was hard to imagine them being any different from what they were at that moment. And yet in retrospect they seem to have grown up in a flash.

I do have vivid memories of wondering what they'd be like. When they were little, I used to imagine walking along a road behind them as grown ups and willing them to turn round so that I could see their faces. But I could never make them do so, not even in my imagination. I don't think I ever speculated about anything but their appearance, though. I don't remember imagining careers or spouses or children for them.

The cats don't bother speculating, which is perhaps wise.





8 comments:

  1. He has got lovely eyes!

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  2. He does indeed have lovely eyes...I hope I will live to see what my grandchildren are like, but we don't live forever, do we.........

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  3. Oh Isabelle -- he's just beautiful -- eyes and all. He's really filling out -- I'll bet you are all having so much fun with him!

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  4. He is a bonny wee laddie. Does he beam with delight when he sees you?
    The seemingly infinite variety of human beings is incredible.

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  5. And possibly you feel less responsible for how they turn out as a granny - I try not to think how my boys will turn out because it generally becomes worry that they will be megalomaniac emotionally withdrawn merchant bankers because of something I did, or didn't do.

    Or maybe that's just my own little problem.

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  6. He has lovely eyes! In fact he's totally lovely! And I love reading about how much you are enjoying him. You are right - being a granny (or in my case a nana) is quite different to being a parent, it's very special.

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  7. Lovely eyes indeed. But I was even more intrigued with your comment "I used to imagine walking along a road behind them as grown ups and willing them to turn round so that I could see their faces". What a fascinating thought; it would make a great movie scene.

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  8. He's cute....and how lucky you are to have a grandchild to fuss and love.

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