For my anniversary, my hubby of 23 years gave me a weekend trip to Phoenix to visit my grandson, Preston. We hadn't seen him since the wedding in June. Facebook, texts, and FaceTime really help us keep in touch but there is nothing like a real hug and an authentic, "I Wuv You, Nana!"
We packed a lot into three days. Lots of laughter, good food and lazing around with two of the best parents ever.
Preston had a "friends" birthday party this weekend and I delighted in watching approximately 20- 2 year olds run and play and delight in one another. They flitted around like hummingbirds from one play station to another; running and chasing and skipping with joy. These little dollies expressed love for their friends by kindly sharing with one another - without being prompted, helping one another up from little falls and whooping with joy when a favorite friend walked in the door.
After opening some of his presents, Preston scooped up a rainbow colored ribbon off one of the gifts and handed it to me like it was a precious gem. His mommy was calling him so I told him to go see what she wanted and I would hold his rainbow for him. I felt a little spark in my heart when I said that. If only I could hold all his rainbows for him forever. Every color of his little being is in my heart to stay. I wish for him an everlasting life of these precious little rainbows -- the gifts in the little things.
His mommy and daddy have done a wonderful job recording all of his life moments so he will always be able to appreciate the wonderful life he has had as a child. But how can I be sure he will always take this innocent, happy go lucky feeling with him?
There is a bittersweet element to being a Nana. Watching Preston brings back wonderful memories of my children. Watching him is like watching a repeat of my fondest moments with my children. The warm little hugs, the kisses on the lips, the random little head on my shoulder with his arm around my neck. It makes my heart jump with delight. It is one of God's greatest gifts to provide these special reruns through our moments with grandchildren. And yet, Prestonhis his own being and very confident in that knowledge.
This isn't just Nana bragging. This is Nana thanking God for the brilliant souls of little ones who teach us to love, to "live and let go" and not sweat the small stuff. They teach us that spontaneity and being in the moment is a good thing. Drooling smiles and belly laughs are food for the soul and teases and impish grins are gestures of love.
To think Jesus came as a baby and ran and laughed and hugged as a two year is awesomely incredible.
At this time of year, it is so right to see life through the eyes of a little one. It is good to keep the wonder in our hearts as we look at each new day. And it is always good to take delight in moment.
Preston - total delight!