Dearest grandbaby Eviana –
New Year’s Eve Day has forever gained a new meaning, leaving things like resolutions in the dust of a much more important focus: your birthday.
This year, you will be one whole year old on December 31, and you’ve already changed the world. Well – ours, at least. Your joy, your love, your needs, your snarky sense of fun and play…what an amazing person you already are!
And of course all other parents and grandparents feel the same about their babies. And so it goes, quite beautifully. But watching you grow in this past year has opened the window even wider to some nostalgia for a simpler time – and I hope, as your Grammy, to be a part of making sure these joys are part of your life.
A few truths you have reminded me of:
- People need to play. It’s what you do all day, and something we all need to fit into our lives.
- People love to learn. It’s not a “chore”, it’s a privilege. I see your face light up whenever you learn something new.
- It’s fun to laugh. And your laughter has sparked so many laughs in me. I’ve missed that!
- People want to connect. Differences disappear on the playground. As long as someone else (child or caregiver) is considerate, kind, and caring, there is no color or clothing that can be judged. We need each other. Love does indeed trump divisiveness.