Monday, 25 April 2016

A Letter to My Grandson, About to be Born



Mum and big sister

Dear Little Boy

I am writing to you a couple of days before you are due to be born. You are going to enter the world and our lives and it is as if everything is 'on hold' awaiting your birth. All we know of you right now is a blurry picture from an ultrasound and the odd ripple as you move around inside your mum. You clearly like a good kickabout, and you seem to enjoy it when your sister pours water on you in the bath. This bodes well, we hope, for your future relationship with her.

Your cot is upstairs all ready for you. There are tiny clothes in a drawer, and we have a special toy here to give you when we meet you for the first time. As you prepare to meet us, I look ahead to the life stretching in front of you, and I wish you wisdom to choose the right path, and courage to keep on it when the world will try to stop you or distract you.

Always be a leader, little boy, not a follower. Strike out for yourself and make your own decisions. Have the grace to forgive and the humility to admit when you are wrong. Cherish your family and friends and be loyal to those who love you. When you encounter them, look out for and protect those who are weaker, less able or do not have your strength of purpose.

Your big sister will be there for you, as in time you will be for her. Your family is your rock and your shelter, a strong tower of protection surrounding you. But for now, take your time. Choose your own moment to be born. We will wait for you with our arms open wide, ready to welcome you into our lives.

With my love,

Grandma



25 comments:

  1. This has brought tears to my eyes, Carol, you are such a wise lady. I know you will enjoy a special relationship with your grandson, as I do with mine. Best wishes to all the family x x

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    1. Thank you. He is going to be late, typical bloke.

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    2. Not yet born and already a victim of gender discrimination. And from the future queen. O tempora o mores

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  2. Lovely, hope you have it on paper too. Might be a nice present when he's old enough to get the point. And who knows if there's still an internet...

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    1. Good point. I write 4 letters to his sister..I shall download them all

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  3. What a beautiful letter - it brought tears to my eyes. You must keep it and show him when he's a young man. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Oh these waiting-to-be-born days, with all the hopes and trepidations - this little boy is lucky to have such a lovely family waiting for him.

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  5. And this the new little person will forever treasure....

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  6. Lovely Carol. Brought tears to my eyes. What a rich little boy he's going to be with a life full of family and love. Can't wait to "meet" him.

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    1. Nor can we...but I guess we will have to!

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  7. Lucky, lucky little boy, to be already so loved. A beautiful letter, CarolStar! xxx

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  8. What a lovely post. Maybe he is here by now? I hope his passage into the world isn't too stormy

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  9. Such a lovely letter Carol and he is a lucky little boy to be born into your family. I look forward to hearing of his arrival :-)

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    1. So do we, Mary. So do we . Typical bloke: late.

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    2. My son was 17 days late and then made a dramatic entry so I hope you don't have to wait around that long :-/

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    3. We see Sunday is designated 'Labour Day' ...sounds appropriate

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  10. So lovely, Carol. Hope the little doesn’t leave it too much longer to make an appearance ;-) All best wishes x

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    1. can't believe D is able to stand upright...so ENORMOUS!

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  11. I love the fact that we get to share your special moments, Carol, and looking to so many more.

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    1. Hope so. Just want to get him born....every time the phone goes, we jump!

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  12. Lovely post, Carol. Looking forward to hearing about the little chap's safe arrival. x

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  13. Congratulations on the soon-to-be-appearing grandson! I hope he follows your advice. :)

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