Friday, March 26, 2010

On Becoming G.G....

Way back, many years ago, I had a child, followed in rapid succession by three more of the same. They were wonderful, it was hectic, but they all grew up. Next came grandchildren, six in all. They, too, were wonderful, and their parents handled the hectic part.

Then, two and a half years ago, wonderful took on a new meaning with the birth of my first great-grandchild. I soon began to understand the use of GREAT as a prefix. Those of you who follow my daughter's blog, the hellhole diaries, know him as t-willie. To me he is just plain Toby.

I was waiting outside the delivery room when he was born and held him in his first hour of life. I've watched him grow from a tiny baby to an active toddler who surprises us every day with his antics. Unlike the grands who grew up living far from me, he is only 15 minutes away, and always accessible. He calls his mother, "mama", his grandmother, "gammie", and me, "G.G.", short for great-grandmother. When he wants to see me smile, he calls me "geej" or "geejer"...

He fills my life with wonder and my heart with love. In the years to come, hopefully there will be many more great-grands, and they, too, will be wonderful, but I'll always remember that it was Toby who taught me the true meaning of GREAT!!


  1. aw!! i know what ya mean, cuz now that i am gammie, i know why they call them "grand children!"

  2. Well, I'm not even related and I'm grinning from ear to ear here!

  3. Oh, Suz... what a wonderful, heartfelt post. The photos are amazing... such a sweetie he is. But it's your words and the idea of love behind them that makes this post extra-special. I'm so glad that he is close to you and that you've learned all about being GREAT from him!

  4. What a fine fellow he is! No wonder you're feeling so GREAT! Thanks Suz, for sharing him with all of us.

  5. He's not even that cute, I don't see what all the fuss is.. : p