“So, when are you two going to become grandparents?”
The question would surface from time to time from well-meaning friends and relatives.
Always I would respond: “Well, you know, that’s something that’s really beyond our control.”
Now I have another answer: “Sometime this summer.”
After sitting on the news for a few weeks, our youngest son, Jordan, and daughter-in-law, Jamie, went on Facebook yesterday to share the ultimate “status update.”
And because of their changed circumstances, we too can look forward to uncharted territory as abuelos.
As grandparents, we are told, our lives will change just as much as our kids’. A few months from now, when Jamie and Jordan take on the scary-but-exciting responsibilities of parenthood, Lori and I will take on the multiple roles of helpers, entertainers, supporters and mentors.
We’ll be separated by about 140 miles and 2 1/2 hours of interstate freeway, but that’s a good thing, I think. As young parents, they will be far enough away to raise their child as they see fit, yet close enough for Grandma Lori and Grandpa George to visit — and vice versa — as regularly as feels comfortable for all.
Together, we’ll share new experiences and learn from each other while making room in our lives and hearts for this awesome little person.