The Cycle of Life
After five grandsons, our family recently welcomed our first granddaughter into the fold. This happy occasion was a reminder of the tremendous responsibility of meeting all of a baby’s basic needs in the natal stage of life.
It is a joyous event as the parents, supported by the rest of the family, renew their commitment to raising all of their children in a conscientious manner.
This young soul is joining two curious, exuberant, chaotic, and budding boys. The new addition makes it three, which translates into a circus at times.
As grandparents we are there to help, though there is no certain prescription or formula for love. Everyone has their own way of doing things, which we need to celebrate as a part of the diverse tapestry we live in. Each of us radiates love in a multitude of ways – and that’s the point. At the end of the day, it’s all good for the children and for the family.
Welcome to the world, young Shannon Grace. Let the wild rumpus begin!
Patrick J. Wood
Author of “Dear Reader” and “Tapestry of Love and Loss”