Posted by: COSI | December 18, 2008

Waiting on Our Grandchild

Okay. Today is the due date, the day our first grandchild is supposed to pop into this world.

Got up, took the cab to the airport early to make sure I didn’t miss my flight. Got my shoes shined by Harry—Dr. Shine to most people. Was harassed and did some playful harassing back with Wayne Lawson the retired head of the Ohio Arts Council who Dottie and I know who was next in line for a shoeshine. (He really likes Dottie, not me he says 😉

Got through security without my usual forgetting at least one thing (still on or left behind). Flew to Baltimore on Southwest (the only flexible airline left), took the train to DC, and then the Metro, transferred to the next Metro line, and then finally got out to my pregnant daughter’s Kimberly’s area. Whew!

Thought I’d be doing some rushed grab the cab and get to the hospital scene at the end of the line. Instead when I called as I got close to her house she answered from a department store where she was shopping with her mom. So much for the dramatic scene I’d envisioned.

They picked me up, Kimberly driving their new “baby car” –so long mid-size, hello mini-SUV time.

So what do I do while waiting for this grandchild to synch his/her calendar with her mom—who is pretty uncomfortable and a bit annoyed that after false labor almost two weeks ago is still waiting for the big moment? Not quite sure—didn’t think about this part.

nurserySo I hung a shelf in this cute little nursery you see in the photo. You also see the little elephant stuffed animal—“ellie jr.” that I gave to Kimberly for our soon-to-be-here grandchild—a next generation of the elephant doll that I got Kimberly when she was born. Her “ellie” is still around so they’ll be company for each other.

So now what?

I don’t really know what a grandfather-in-waiting is supposed to do—other than be nice and understanding and stay out of the way as much as possible. Now that I think of it, that’s what the 4 women in the house trained me to do over the years anyway 😉

I’ll keep you posted.



  1. I recently became an uncle, and my dad a grandfather. What a Merry Christmas! Congratulations and hopefully the little bundle of joy will give everyone a little extra lift in their smile this year!

  2. Merry Christmas to all!!! Will keep checking here to see about the new grandchild. What an exciting Christmas present. All our best to you, Dottie and the family

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