Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Granny Lust

In one of my favorite series of books, (The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, specifically Drums of Autumn), one of the characters describes a condition known as 'granny lust,' which evidently is the desire for grandchildren of one's own. I truly never thought I'd have to deal with that problem until this morning. 

As I may have mentioned, I am about to become a grandmother. Said grandchild is due to arrive in approximately 8 weeks, give or take a few, and while I was getting ready to go to work today, it hit me all of a sudden, that this little girl we've been talking about and planning for will very shortly be here with us. I'll be able to hold her, love her (actually I love her already), tell her scurrilous stories about her father, sing lullabyes to her, and read to her. It hit me quite hard. It was a physical longing to hold my grandchild.

But I had no clue at that point just how strong the longing for her was. Until mid-morning, when I walked down to our coffee bar to make a cup of tea. And standing there was a prospective parent who was holding a tiny baby girl. I oooed and aaahed over her, found out baby girl was just 7 weeks old. And all the while I was carrying on a conversation with this unsuspecting mom, I was restraining myself from grabbing that poor baby so I could hold it. 

Scary. Very, very scary. 

So, if you have a baby, do me a favor. Hand her over, let me get my fix and then I'll hand her back and all will be well and I'll be able to wait until little Lucille is safely here. Cause even if it's not quite time for Lucille to be born, Mumsie is evidently more than ready.


Michael said...

Mom, I really don't want the baby having an internet presence yet. Don't you know the government reads everything?

Rachel said...

If I were you, I'd be more worried about those scurrilous stories I'm planning to tell the baby about you and less about whether the government actually reads everything.

Love and hugs,