After Christmas-For G.A.

There was a full moon as the year 1999 was coming to an end. It was the largest moon ever seen, dominating the night sky, not to be ignored. The light from the sun that bounced off of the heavenly body onto the earth illuminated bare trees and frosty roadways. The air was still and crisp. We were all waiting.

The estimated time of arrival had come and gone. The family had gathered for Christmas celebrations from scattered points of origin, some driving, some flying. There was laughter and gift giving, all done with a presence in our midst of something new, an underlying feeling of incredible happiness and excitement, with just a tinge of worry. The wait continued as the moon provided the backdrop.

And then, it began. It was the middle of the night. The carefully thought out preparations fell into place. We go there, you stay here, we do this, you do that. There was a knock at the door. “You go on”, he said, “I will hold the fort”. He was an angel sent from above for which I will always be eternally grateful. I went.

More waiting, with a group that shared in the celebration, a group whose DNA was shared by him for whom we waited. There was joking and chatting while a few feet away, behind a closed door, important processes were in motion. There was a startling outcry from the room that shattered the jovial mood. There was fear that cannot be expressed, the moment lasted for what seemed an eternity. But then the door opened and carried in loving arms was the new addition, the bundle of joy, ready to meet us. The tears flowed freely and the release that comes from this most miraculous of human events filled the halls with gladness.

This one’s for you, dear G.A. Happy Birthday


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17 Responses to After Christmas-For G.A.

  1. Mary Silvia says:

    Beautiful birthday remembrance – thank you for sharing, Frances. My grandson turns 16 this week and I was thinking of him when I read this. From snowy Massachusetts….Mary

    Hi Mary, thanks. It is sweet to think back to those special days, even as the grands grow up before our eyes. It seems like just yesterday. A very happy birthday to your grandson from me! Snowy here, too! πŸ™‚

  2. patientgardener says:

    What a happy memory and very well written. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for 2011

    Hi Helen, thanks so much. It was a special day and writing down the memory will help preserve it for years to come. We did indeed have a wonderful family Christmas and hope the same was had by you and everyone! Onward to 2011! πŸ™‚

  3. marmee says:

    the perfect gift at christmas time a new baby to celebrate. what a nice way to remember his arrival. hope you are having a wonderful christmas season and will have a very merry new year.

    Thanks Marmee. There is nothing better than family at the holidays, and this near Christmas birthday will always be special for us. May you and yours have a fabulous 2010 into 2011! πŸ™‚

  4. What a touching post. Your memories are lovely and will be with you always as this birthday remembrance. Your little bundle of joy is sure a cutie in the photo and looks so peaceful sleeping next to the Christmas tree.

    Hi Donna, thanks so much. It was a very special time for our family, we will always remember it and this post will help with some details from a grandma’s point of view. It was fun looking through the old hard copy photos, bringing the memories even sharper into focus. πŸ™‚

  5. Such a lovely remembrance for this special birthday. Love seeing your family. H.

    Thanks Helen. Lots of memories in those shots. πŸ™‚

  6. Layanee says:

    Grandchildren are a gift. Lovely memory!

    Thanks Layanee. There is nothing like the feeling of holding any new human being in your arms. When it is a direct descendent, it is transcendental. πŸ™‚

  7. So much like that same child from so long ago. Happy Birthday to G.A. One of my babies came on January 3, so we’ll be celebrating him soon too.~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. It was a blessed event in our growing family. A very happy birthday to yours coming soon. πŸ™‚

  8. Chickenpoet says:

    That was a tearful, unexpected, and wonderful surprise. I loved it. It is hard to see him so small and vulnerable since now he is as big as me and strong as a bull. At this moment, eleven years later, he is cleaning & singing “She’s My Cherry Pie” from his MP3 player. Time does fly. Love you & so glad we are getting to see you. Merry Christmas. CP

    Dearest Chickenpoet, it seems like only yesterday we were waiting and waiting for this child to enter our lives. We loved seeing you all too.

  9. commonweeder says:

    These memories of our babies and grandbabies are so precious. We have three January babies – who are all miraculously very grown up now. It is a mystery how that happens so fast.

    Hi Pat, thanks for stopping by. Happy birthday to the Januarys. It is true, that song, turn around and they’re all grown up. πŸ™‚

  10. How sweet! Of course, G.A. probably doesn’t appreciate this kind of thing now, but someday…

    Thanks, MMD. He liked it, but not as much as his mom did. πŸ™‚

  11. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What sweet memories.

    Thanks Lisa. It is good to write this stuff down, before the details are forgotten. πŸ™‚

  12. Jenny B says:

    Birth stories are an important part of family history that begs to be told. I am so glad you are following tradition…and what a lovely story it is. Happy Birthday G.A. Grandparents are the best!

    Hi Jenny, thanks so much, you are so sweet. We are lucky to have three wonderful grandsons and love to share the stories, even if it isn’t about gardening. πŸ™‚

  13. Linda Zoldoske says:

    Congratulations! What a Christmas event!

    Thanks Linda. It makes Christmas extra special for our family. πŸ™‚

  14. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Such a special memory … congrats to his parents AND grandparents on the anniversary of G.A.’s birth!

    Thanks Cindy. We had fun visiting with him and the rest of the family. Trips down memory lane for sure. πŸ™‚

  15. Lola says:

    Nothing but fond memories of gc but ggc are even more memorable. I’ve enjoyed each one.

    Thanks Lola, you have been a loyal reader and I do so appreciate you! πŸ™‚

  16. Rose says:

    What a lovely memory, Frances and such a special telling of this story just for G.A. Grandchildren are such precious gifts; every minute spent with them is a true joy. A belated Happy Birthday to G.A.!

    Thanks Rose. We both know what treasures those grands are! πŸ™‚

  17. Grace says:

    A very well written tribute, Frances.

    Thanks so much, Grace, for those kind words. Coming from one whose writing I so admire, it means a lot! πŸ™‚

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