Without ever having been a mother I am a grandmother; the great joy of being with my darling. While he co-parented a daughter, who now has her own, I was reading, writing, walking to my heart’s content, traveling, grieving fruitless love affairs and doing exactly as I pleased. I knew not what I was missing; the deep pure intemperate love for a child.
I have become playful and silly learning whimsical songs, new games and re-reading my own 1960s favourites while discovering new children’s authors. I am completely besotted with Mabel; the sweet, magical, inspiring, curly-topped human being who calls me “DD”.
“Good morning DD.”
“I love you, DD.”
“I know, DD, I know.”
“DD, watch me.”
“DD, do you want to play with me?”
I find myself in a whole new world, awakening to what really matters; supporting children and families in our society. It now informs my political and purchasing decisions and guides me in my daily interactions. I had heard the expression “it takes a village,” yet until now, I never fully comprehended what that meant. I witness the challenges and the joys of raising a child. My life has been blessed.