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On becoming a granddad

It seems just like yesterday that Talia was a toddler who loved nothing more than to be pushed on the playground swings. Then one day I turned around and Joe was asking me if he could marry her. And then a few days ago the two of them told Karen and I that they were pregnant. Wow. I'm s…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

It seems just like yesterday that Talia was a toddler who loved nothing more than to be pushed on the playground swings.

Then one day I turned around and Joe was asking me if he could marry her. And then a few days ago the two of them told Karen and I that they were pregnant.

Wow. I'm still digesting that one. I still don't know what grandchildren should call me (I welcome your suggestions).

Of course it's going to be great to be a granddad (though I'm just trying to figure out how I feel about being married to a grandma). Some quotes I like:

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.  ~Author Unknown

Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.  ~Mary H. Waldrip

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.  ~Author Unknown

When a child is born, so are grandmothers.  ~Judith Levy

The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.  ~Sam Levenson

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies.  ~Rudolph Giuliani

I always give my grandkids a couple of quarters when they go home.  It's a bargain.  ~Gene Perret

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful.  One moment you're just a mother.  The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.  ~Pam Brown

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.  ~Allan Frome

Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them.  ~Gene Perret

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.  ~Ogden Nash

The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby's grandparents.  You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.  ~Dave Barry

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.  ~Lewis Mumford

Comments (11)

  • James Eugene Barbush

    Congrats Seth

    Being a G-Dad cannot be described. It’s like nothing else.

    In a little over 4 years, I’ve been given 7 G-Kids with the 8th due in Dec 2012. 5 boys and 3 girls. Amazing.

    I leave it to the G-Kids to determine what to call me. That keeps it fun.

    Hayden (#2) calls us PaPal and MamMal. Seems he could not get Gandpa and Grandma. So it came out PaPal and MamMal.

    Landon (#5) calls me Pa, which seems short for PaPal. And he picked up on MamMal.

    Addison (#4) call me Pappy.

    I’m old school, and would have picked Grandpa, but turns out that PaPal is unique, and Pa is quite endearing. So, I suggest, let the G-Kids name you. They will come up with the right name.

    what’s the due date?

  • (This blog made me chuckle.) My peer’s grandchildren are the age of my one and only, so I’m hoping to experience grandparenting! Perhaps in a few years…. 🙂 You’ve got a BRAND NEW adventure ahead…never before experienced!

  • Wow!!!!! A big congratulations to You, Mama Karen {Guess Grandma Karen now(LOL)}, Joe and Talia. Indeed you’ve got a BRAND NEW adventure coming. It’s worth every second of it.

  • Congrats Seth! Fantastic!

    As a recent grand dad (since last September 25th), I can say the journey is a wonderful Blessing. Our “Miss Emily” is an endless source of joy, happiness, and laughter. I am “pops” by the way, obviously short for grand pop. The only down side is “gramie” Cindy missing Miss E so much when she is not around. 😉

    Very best to all, congratulations again!
    John Hodgin

  • First of all, we’ll be praying for Talia, Joe and the baby. This is very exciting as you know, a baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. I love holding babies! Lizzy told me about this and even she is excited.

    I vote for waiting to see what they name you. Hope it’s better than “the old man”.

    Congrats!

  • Wow!! What exciting news for your family! CONGRATS to both you and Karen! It is just another fine and wonderful chapter in our journey through life!

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