Well it had to had to happen, I suddenly got old, I was in an instant in the grandparent category with the arrival of my first grandchild, a young lady by the name of Elsie Rae.
She was unfashionably early (by a month) and with a wonderful name evoking not only the past but the future (she has a name that could, if she so decides, be the perfect choice for an artist, writer or musician).
Of course when this happens all the memories of my baby children come flooding back, the routine that develops quickly and seems to stretch for years and feels as though it has always been the routine. And now my babies are 16, 20 and 23!
My wife and I worked in partnership and I can see echoes of me in the way my son and his partner are doing just that.
Of course it comes as a big shock to the system, becoming a new parent. It changes lives and feels such a huge thing to be in charge of a new life. The first few weeks are the hardest, even for those thinking they have prepared everything to the nth degree. You can’t plan every aspect of life, especially one so new and they will quickly learn to be flexible, to go with the flow.
We are looking forward to being grandparents (I have had my flat cap ready and waiting for ages) and especially taking her for days out. Of course the big difference is, most of the time we’ll hand her back and leave the parenting to the parents so there is a little less pressure on us. We’ll be there to help out when we can along with our counterpart grandparents.
Our little Elsie was lucky to be born on a trip to Wales which means she is Welsh. she does also have other claims to that nationality with her Great Grandad also being fully Welsh but being born there just adds that extra little bit of credibility.
I feel quite privileged that my wife, all my boys and now my granddaughter could all have the choice to play or represent Wales or England in which ever area of interest (usually sport I grant you) they wanted. I have to stick to England or Great Britain of course which is fine but I always prefer a little choice.
And so a new stage in our lives starts.