My children do not have children.
I am not in that “grandparent” stage of life; the one where wonder is born while watching life pass from generation to generation.
No, I am living the wonder of watching my children make lives with their lives; their own very lives.
I am blessed with three children. Two girls and a boy are alive in this world and somehow I got to be a part of their borning. Their dad and I did our best to love and limit and bless them and then we loosed them.
And they are borning yet.
I just spent our Christmas with them. Given the realities of divorced families, their dad and I alternate face time for Christmas holidays. It is his year, so we decided to dine and dig into presents early.
The rituals are beyond price. The thought put into finding heart gifts is so clear and the joy of knowing that treasures are shared is palpable.
Given that their mom is living vegan these days, I was graced with a Cadillac food processor to shred the heck out of any vegetable that would defy me.
And, from my youngest, an amazing heart gift. He recorded a CD of original compositions. The CD carries his voice and his thoughts and his evoking of real through guitar and piano and mandolin and there he is, my son, trusting his parents and the world enough to share his tender and fine heart.
The house is now quiet. My children have gone to the places that hold them as they make life.
And this heart of mine gives thanks for holding and loosing and borning and the wonder that is love.