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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guest post at Vision and Verb: On becoming a gramma

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James 6 months ago, at about 12 hours old
Today I am sneaking out of hibernation to write a guest post at the lovely Vision and Verb (. . . a global gathering of women of this age). My sister Ginnie, a collaborator at V&V (and at her own photoblog Heart & Soul and blog In Soul), asked me to write about being a gramma. I am honored to join the women who write there, but what a challenge it is to gather in my feelings and set them down. Well, here goes. (Oh, and he is 6 months old today.)
Get everything finished beforehand, because it will be some time before you get anything “important” done again.  Keep reading . . . 
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25 comments:

The Broad said...

What a darling heart-breaker is James!
What a wise little Buddha he looks ...

Excellent blog post on Vision and Verb. I would miss your lovely words so much were you to stop blogging -- I've missed you lately... but sometimes it is necessary to pause and re-group. It's good for the soul too.

Deslilas said...

Après "L'art d'être grand-père" par Victor Hugo voici "L'art d'être grand-mère" par Ruth...

Ginnie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you have come out of hibernation, Ruth, to write for us at V&V. As I already said there....

You know how much I adore you as a gramma, Sister...finally. HA! Being the baby of the family, it was a long time coming for you, I know. I can hardly wait to get my hands on him to steeze the squffings outta him!

In the meantime, to learn from our grandchildren, I've decided, is one of the main reasons they "happen" to us. And I still love the bumper sticker: "If I had known it'd be this fun, I would have been a grandparent first." :)

I love this image of you and James. I love how you are writing about him. Thanks for sharing your vision and verb with us today. (Not that I'm prejudiced, of course!)

Barb said...

Ruth, I'l miss your poetry and your posts that always taught me something. Like you, I'm also taking a break. Life intervenes. Enjoy yourself, Ruth.

who said...

I cannot get over how attractive the woman is in the image at Vision and Verb. And it appears she has no makeup on whatsoever.

Quit yanking our chain, is that picture of Leslie and if not, seriously Ruth, who is the woman in that Heavenly image?

rippleeffects said...

Every new word on your blog now is becoming more and more precious now. Thanks for sharing a wonderful piece, Ruth. I've left my comment over at V & V.

Vagabonde said...

What a precious baby this little James is – the picture of him as an infant is darling. I’m going to read your post at V&V. I am so pleased that you came back to us for a special post.

GailO said...

I have been happy to discover that everything said about grandparenting being so enjoyable is true...it is wonderful to have the time to stop and learn from them:)

ds said...

Welcome back, even if briefly, even if elsewhere...my response is at V & V.

xo

Jean Spitzer said...

Welcome back.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Congratulations, Ruth, on becoming a Grandma! Little James is very gorgeous and looks adorable too!

Love your words on "Vision and Verb". What a beautiful and true phrase you wrote: "The day I met James, a few hours after watching him emerge spectacularly from our daughter, he became my teacher". So true!

Ruth said...

To The Broad, thank you for reading, and for understanding my break from blogging.

Deslilas, merci for reminding me that even a cosmic genius like Victor Hugo were grandparent!

Ginnie-Boots, I've admired you and your grandson long enough. ;) Thank you again for the opportunity at V&V!

Oh Barb, I didn't realize you too had taken a break. Enjoy your beautiful life.

Ruth said...

Dusty :-) You made my day.

Arti, thank you for reading my post at V&V, and for your kind attentions and support, always.

Vagabonde, so kind of you to read, thank you. You understand the joy of grandparenting very well.

GailO, I am so happy to share this journey with you (especially on Instagram :).

Ruth said...

ds, thank you for reading, my friend.

Jean, thanks.

sonia, many thanks, and I agree with you about Little James. So good of you to read the piece share your kind response.

Grandmother said...

I commented on the other blog but Thank you for this treasure of a slice of your life with sweet baby James! Blessings galore.

The Solitary Walker said...

Lovely to see you back, Ruth.

Soul Dipper said...

Ahhhh...that's better. She's just carding her soul's wool with James! She'll be back.

LeenaH said...

Warmest congratulations to James and his grandmother!

Ruth said...

Hello, Mary, you are one of my loving models of grandmotherhood. Thank you for reading my piece at V&V; it was difficult to put this into words.

Hi, Robert! It's good to see you back too.

Amy, what a beautiful metaphor: "carding her soul's wool ..." wow. Thank you.

Thank you, dear Leena!

Peter Olson said...

So, it was just a "au revoir"! A 12 hoursz old James! Relly nice!! I wonder how many thousands of photos he may have to look back at when he gets a bit older! How many photos do you have of yourself as a kid? :-)

freefalling said...

You know, I'm kinda glad you took a break from blogging.
It's like rippleeffects says - your words are more precious now.

Nancy said...

What a delightful surprise, to click on the bookmark called "ruth" on my macbook and to find a link to a new post. And what wonderful synchronicity as I am trying to learn the same lessons, but without the benefit of a zen grandbaby to help me. I too understand why you need the break from a regular blog, and I will be delighted the next time I check the link and find you here again!

Margaret said...

What a happy surprise to see this post and skip over to the awesome V&V post.

Margaret said...

...and that is the fanciest knitted hat I have ever seen on a Newborn baby.

Nathalie said...

Dear Ruth, I knew about sweet James's birth but I only just now read your post on V&V : what a thoughtful and inspiring text it is. Yes, being around a baby creates that sort of feeling, if you are willing to let yourself be drawn into it. I am so glad you are getting to experience all this but even happier that you wrote about it. I've seldom read something as beautiful about the art of being a gramma.