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RJ Dupre column: Coming to terms with being a grandma

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Several years ago, I told my children that when they grew up, they could not make me a grandmother until I was ready. Well, two years ago the time came, and it did not happen on my terms. My request was not granted.

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When my daughter called to tell me she was expecting a baby, I stayed silent for a minute, then congratulated her. We talked about the months coming her way till the birth of her son. After our call, I felt disoriented and confused about my feelings. An "Oh my God!" moment came over me.

Images of my child as an infant and a little girl were flashing in my mind. Because of personal circumstances, I was not present in her life since she was seven years old. We missed out on a lot of things together, but kept in touch after she became a beautiful and independent young woman.

Now, she was the one giving life. I cried a lot that day, wrestling with guilt, regrets, excitement and pride. I also could not get used to the idea of being a "grandma," and am still struggling with this new identity. After all, I am young and restless, trying to figure out who I will be when I grow up.

Another milestone in our lives. They are the blessings of destiny, but they can be bittersweet. I realize how things can change in the blink of an eye. It is the natural cycle of our life on earth, yet those events can broadside a person. I am grateful to her for this ultimate gift.

Little by little, this reality is sinking in, and instead of feeling "old," I am taking this opportunity to share with my daughter, my wisdom and experience. And yes, as my child, she is helping me grow up and create new memories.

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