Becoming a grandparent is a time of immense joy. A time of looking forward with the hopes and wishes for the new parents and their child.

It is also a time of looking back. Memories of our own pregnancies and early years as new parents flood our minds. Long forgotten thoughts and recollections are remembered and shared.

I’ve spent more time than usual thinking about my own grandparents, the influences they’ve had on my life. I’ve thought more about my children’s grandparents, the variety of relationships, each one valued and unique.

I’ve viewed family and friends with a wider lens, more observant of how they relate as grandparents in today’s world. Especially those who are also “long distance” grandparents.

So I want to say a huge thank you to the role models in my life, those who have travelled before me on this wonderfully exciting journey. Bless you.