Just a year ago today my life changed forever when Molly Nicole Ogren entered and made me a grandpa. Now all my relations are referred to by their relationship to Molly; Jeanie is “Gran”, Danae is “Molly’s Mom” etc.
I knew I was going to love being a grandpa, but I didn’t know why. It’s hard to explain, but kinda like this…
- First I grew up. I wasn’t really aware of what was going on because it was the first time I’d ever grown up.
- Next, I had kids of my own and I got to grow up again. While I observed the things they were going through, I remembered similar experiences I had. I wasn’t really trying to live my life through them, but it sorta happened that way when their stuff reminded me of my stuff.
- Now as the grandpa, I get to do it again. Only this time I am not primarily responsible for this one. When I am with her I can just love up on her and study her. I love watching her learn.
The interesting thing is that I change each time I go through this process. I think it is interesting how as parents we tended to worry about how our actions would affect our children. What we missed in the process is how they were changing us. I’m not the same person I was when any of my children were a year old. Molly is already working her magic on me. Giving me a whole new outlook on life.
Last time I was with her was Thanksgiving weekend. Over and over, I went through the routine of placing my hand on my chest and saying, “Pops”. Then I put my hand on her chest and said, “Molly”. After a few times, she put her hand on my chest and a couple of times she actually said, “Pops!” Danae said that she had to mop me up off the floor when I melted.
Here are some recent photos for fans: