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We Are A Grandfather [Jun. 9th, 2012|10:36 am]
Tony Grist
Now we can relax- a bit.

I woke this morning and the tension was leaving my system by way of my neck and shoulder muscles. A couple of cups of tea and a nice hot shower should clear it out completely.

I have a new identity. I'm a grandfather. Which of Shakespeare's seven ages does this correspond to? Not quite the lean and slippered pantaloon, I think- not yet- but, actually, here I sit in my dressing gown and slippers and... 

My own grandfather, Cyril Henry, was about my age (early 60s) when he became a grandfather. I only ever had the one grandfather (the other died in his 40s long before I was born) so he's my role model. He was a working-class lad who made a lot of money and liked to large it a bit. He had a taste for Bentleys and ormolu. He also loved books. He used to slip me half crowns (we called them "rich bits") and books with titles like The Myths of Greece and Rome.  I can't see myself handing out coin of the realm but I would like to give books. Mind you, Ivy's mother's a writer so she's going to have books anyway. 

I was my grandfather's first grandchild as Ivy is mine. This new status reminds how me I'm the oldest male in my immediate family- the patriarch. Now I've got the title to go with it: "Grandpa Grist".  My grandfather did it honour and my father after him. Now it's down to me...
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-06-09 10:19 am (UTC)
Lovely! You'll do her proud and be your own sort of grandfather. I'm so pleased for you.
love Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 10:44 am (UTC)
Thank you.

It's a weighty responsibility.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-06-09 10:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations, grandpa! It actually seems like you've been practicing for a while, now.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 10:44 am (UTC)
Well, yes, that's true.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2012-06-09 10:22 am (UTC)
Bear it well, Grandpa Grist!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 10:44 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: trixibelle_net
2012-06-09 11:06 am (UTC)
How lovely!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 11:18 am (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: suemars
2012-06-09 11:11 am (UTC)
i became a grandma, nana, at 38, my sixteenth is due in january. my 3rd great grand is due any minute and the 4th great is due in jan. what a large bunch of breeders in my family.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 11:19 am (UTC)
Gosh, you were just a kid!

I think I'd struggle to keep tabs on such a huge family.

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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2012-06-09 11:34 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2012-06-09 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'm never sure that "congratulations" is the right word in these circumstances, as the grandparents have not been directly involved in the process of becoming grandparents, however - I am really pleased for you both at your venerable status, and I wish you lots of love and lots of fun with baby Ivy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-06-09 12:38 pm (UTC)
I think one feels more a link in the hereditary chain at becoming a grandparent than at becoming a parent. At least, that's how it was for me: the offspring have survived and now they're breeding so mission accomplished....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 01:57 pm (UTC)
I agree. As a young parent you're too focused on the present moment to think philosophically.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2012-06-09 01:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-06-09 05:08 pm (UTC)
Lucky lucky Ivy to have you as her grandfather. I like your new (and hereditary)title. "Grandpa Grist" -- it just fits. You'll be good at it, too!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-09 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I mean to try.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2012-06-11 05:00 pm (UTC)
Awww, I love it! Grandpa Grist.
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