Personal reflections on becoming a grandparent

It’s worthwhile to consider a number of ‘rules’ when one is inducted into the grandparent club.

Baby with headphones.
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Six weeks ago, my wife, Ruth, and I entered a new stage of our lives: we became first-time grandparents. Our daughter-in-law gave birth to a healthy, beautiful little baby boy. During the pregnancy, our friends with grandchildren would say, “You are about to join the best club in the world.” After the birth of our grandson, many of these same friends said, “Welcome to the club!” So what does it mean to be a member of “the club”? I remember going to the hospital to meet our new grandson. Parking the car, and eagerly walking with my wife and our other children to the hospital room, I felt like a little kid who was about to get his first piece of candy. We entered the hospital room; I kissed my daughter-in-law and son, and immediately glanced at my new grandson.

My daughter-in-law looked up from her chair and asked me if I wanted to hold my new grandson. Are you kidding? I thought, with a smile plastered across my face.

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