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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 still…
By Seth Barnes

Tal JoeIt 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

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