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From My Window

Issue Date: May 24, 2017

Grandparent Disease

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,



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I recently did something I absolutely never do. I sat, unmoving, for three hours in a chair.

Anyone who knows me recognizes this as a complete aberration, in fact, my own children would have taken a pulse at the sight to ensure I was still alive. I am famous for my inability to sit still " not really a virtue at all, but I can't help it. (Those of you who remember my father will nod in total understanding.)

The cause of this immobility? A mesmerizing movie? No. Haven't seen a move, via any media including TV, in more than seven years. A fascinating visitor and conversation? No. A sudden disability like a sprained ankle, or illness? No, fortunately.

No, it was the power of my tiny granddaughter, only six weeks old. Once she was in my arms and lap, I wanted to just enjoy the time with her, and doing anything else at all just didn't measure up.

I have strictly disciplined myself not to flash adorable grandchild pictures at total strangers, but "perhaps" my siblings get a daily photo by text".and "perhaps" my son and his wife get an urgent request for a picture if I don't get a new photo from them daily to share. I linger over children's book displays in a way that hasn't happened since my own grown children were small, and I have developed a sudden passion about the local school system, too.

The magic of the grandchild is to conjure up long-forgotten memories of your own children; besides being fascinatingly unique all on their own. Especially right now, my return from a week of travel brought such noticeable changes in this tiny human. It is hard to believe seven short days can create changes so quickly. And that first smile " it was heartbreakingly cute.

I am so lucky this adorable distraction was born right after I retired, so I can offer babysitting duties and have her all to myself often.

She's too tiny yet to welcome me on my arrival, but my first "granddog" who shares her happy home, greets me with wild enthusiasm upon arrival as he knows I am usually good for a walk outside. I look forward to the day Brixey Jane will also receive my arrival with excitement.

I will continue to try and restrain my pride over this new arrival but be forewarned " don't ask about her unless you have time to spare. I have the grandparent disease, and I've got it bad.

You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: Janiethibmartin@gmail.com.


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