A month ago my life changed completely. I became a grandmother.
Over the past month I have looked at my grandson many times. Probably more than I should have, considering a lot of the time I’m supposed to spend writing, I have been spending just looking into his sweet little face. I realized one thing: I will love this little man every day for the rest of my life.
No love like a mother’s love for her child
My three daughters have always been my life. No matter what in my life changes, my love for them could never change. My friends and family know this about me: no matter where I go, my daughters will always be foremost in my mind. I love them with all my heart. I could not imagine how I could ever love anyone as much as I love them.
Over the years many people have told me that becoming a grandmother is the most rewarding experience in life. I would then just smile, look at my daughters and think, “I could never love anyone as much as I love you.”
Don’t get me wrong; I was looking forward to becoming a grandmother. Love for children have always been part of my being. And who could not want a new addition to their family; another soul to carry the torch?
But I wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen to me.
Grandmother, love this child
David was born. On a cold Sunday morning in Cape Town, on 20 July 2014, he gave his first cry to let the world know he had arrived.
The first time I took him in my arms, my heart melted. It was like someone was talking to me, deep inside me.
Grandmother, love this child. Guard and protect him with your life and above all, give him all the love your heart can bear.
Another room formed in my heart – a room where I will always keep him.
An unlimited capacity to love
It’s funny how life is. One would think that one’s heart can only hold so much love. But if David’s birth taught me anything, then it’s that our hearts hold an unlimited capacity to love.
I love my parents, everybody knows I have a heart full of love for my husband, I love my daughters as much as any mother could and now, without diminishing my love for anyone else, I fell head over heels in love with my grandson.
In some mysterious way, when we decide to open ourselves up and let love in, we attain the capacity to grow our hearts. I thought the love I had for my family took up all the love I could possibly have. But I was wrong. Holding that little baby opened something inside me, an indescribable love for a tiny human being that nothing and no-one can ever take away.
I love like nobody else can. I am a grandmother.