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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Peggy McCracken

Squarely Pegged

By Peggy McCracken

Milestone puts baby
way past diaper stage

Today, July 17, 2007, is my #1 granddaughter’s 31st birthday. I was just a child myself when she was born, and people used to say, “You’re not old enough to be a grandmother.”

Now I say, “I’m too old to be a grandmother.” It takes more energy than I can muster to keep up with the great grands (Amanda’s two girls and Scott’s baby, Houston. Scott was born when Amanda was a month old, so he will soon turn 31.)

I got to meet Granny Kim Ewing’s tiny granddaughter, Halley, Sunday. She is a precious little black-haired angel. When Kim talks about her, I remember those early days of grandmotherhood, and how sweet that first offspring of the next-next generation is.

In case you’ve never been a grandparent, let me explain the difference in a child and a grandchild.

A child is precious. He or she evokes a love that you didn’t know existed. But you’re scared. Babies are so fragile and so needy. They depend on Mama and Daddy for everything except breath. Food. Shelter. Temperature. Clean bottom. Soft bed. Comfort. Soothing.

The list goes on and grows with the child. By the time he is 16, his needs have escalated until you may think God in all his wisdom couldn’t meet them all.

But hang in there. Soon he will be 30, and your troubles are over. Now he not only takes care of himself, he gifts you with a baby to love. With time, she will be taking care of you, as well.

And then the grandkids are 30, and they present even more precious babies. And they take care of you, as well.

Leon’s grandmother was in her 90’s when Amanda was born, and my big regret is that she died before she got to see her great-great grandchild. What a thrill it must be to hold the first offspring of the next-next-next-next generation. I can’t wait.

“Who from his generation will talk about his life on earth being cut short?” Acts 8:33b, Truth for Youth Bible

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