I have a ticket to fly to California! I am going to see our son and his bride. And I am going to touch a tummy to feel her kick, I hope! She seems like a half remembered dream. I can’t get my mind wrapped around the reality of her existence. I see the pictures of the ultrasounds. And, yet….
I have felt a shift in my perception of my world, too. I don’t know if it is the recent birthday or the slowly developing thought of her coming. Perhaps, both? Things I thought I wanted are fading. Even the things I thought I wanted for grands is changing. I had some preconceived ideas about what I wanted to do and how I wanted things to be when they came to our house. I may be letting go of those ideas in favor of more meaningful ones.
I was thinking about what my grandmothers meant to me. What happened when I was with them that made the difference? What made them so golden in my memory? They listened to me. They wanted me near them always. They just paused and connected with me.
I could tell them anything. Especially my maternal grandmother. I could say whatever and she would never be shocked. Only one time did she fuss at me. I was mad at my mother. I was about 18. She told me to get over myself and be respectful and compliant with my mother’s wishes. I don’t even know what the details of the disagreement were.
Time. Not toys, games, events, tea parties and costumes. Time is what they gave me. Never too busy to sit and snuggle or hold me in their laps. Even as a gangly teen, my one granny would hold me in her lap. Our big adventures amounted to walking to the cemetery on a dark night or watching the full moon rise over the lake.
My paternal grandmother would let me do her makeup for her. I would smear the green primer over her smooth rosy cheeks. Then, the foundation and powder. I think that is all she used. I was quite young when I started. I don’t recall ever seeing her correct my work. She likely did when I wasn’t looking. Later, after her stroke, when she would come visit, I would help her dress. She didn’t really need the help, but it was a few moments of intimacy we both loved.
My own children were young when my mother left this world. They have some memories of her. His mother saw them to young adulthood before she left us. Both of them left their mark on the lives of our children. Our daughter is so much like both of her grandmothers. Our son, too, has some ideas traced to them. His love of fun and ability to connect to people are part of that legacy.
What legacy will I create for the California Dream? I want her to know that she is loved as much as one human being can love another. Already. Even though she is elusive in my mind, she is rock solid in my heart.
I will be on a westbound airliner, soon, little one. The love is already pouring out of my eyes and down my cheeks.