Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Natalie's Garden

She arrived today.  My little granddaughter.  Her name is Natalie and objectively, she is beautiful and perfect in every way. 
Immediately, my mind begins to go to work.
Initially, I thought:
I can't send flowers because I don't know what hospital she was born in. 
I know it is a hospital in a major east coast town- but that is all I know.
Then I thought:
I'll send flowers once they get home. 
Then I thought:
I'll send a plant or a tree that we can plant in the yard to honor her birth. 
Then I started thinking about how my daughter said maybe I could help them in the yard when I'm there this summer and I thought:
we'll make a garden for Natalie.
Then I started thinking about how she and I can garden together. 
How Grandma will wear a hat like this:

a hat for Grandma

And then I start thinking about a hat for Natalie:
baby hat
I think about how Grandma will wear gloves with flowers like these:
gloves for Grandma

And how Natalie might wear gloves with cows like these:

child sized gloves with cows
How Natalie can have her very own tool bag with gardening tools like these:
Child sized garden tools
Rakes, spade, and shovel just for her:
child sized
We will plant pansies and zinnias. 
And I will let her pick all she wants.  Why not?  It will be her garden! 
Natalie's garden.

By now you may be wondering if you read wrong at the beginning of this post.  When was Natalie born?  Today.  A Grandma can dream can't she?  A Grandma can plan can't she?  Am I wishing away her baby years?  No.  I'm just dreaming on this a day that is suddenly filled to the brim and over-flowing with possibility and wonder.  Of having fun and being crazy and wearing a funny hat with someone who isn't embarrassed by my wearing a funny hat because she will think I'm wonderful.

I got the call in the very early hours of the morning.  Before I left for work I grabbed a vase and stopped on the way to work and bought myself a dozen pink roses.  I took myself to dinner.  I was tired but floated happily through the day in a dizzying cloud of happiness. 

Driving to work, I had my hand on my chin.  The thought occurred to me:
I'm a Grandma and I have two zits!
Some things never change.

7 comments:

farmlady said...

Cheryl, this is so cute. Congratulations Grandma!! I'm here to say that gardening with your grandchildren is the most fun you'll ever have.
You just go buy all those wonderful things for her because she will be ready for gardening before you know it.
Have fun with her....

Chatty Crone said...

You are a young grandma and you have a wonerful new granddaughter named Natalie. Congrats to you. Can't wait to see her garden.
sandie

^..^Corgidogmama said...

You're a giddy grandma!
Oh, what fun you shall have.
The miles between you and your girls will be a real pain, but when you're there, it'll be heaven on earth! Go ahead and dream, and plan for happy, sun filled days that you'll share with your dear little grand girl. I love her name. It was a name I mulled over for my daughter.

Donna said...

Granny,
I love this blog!
How lovely. Your first blog about Natalie. First of many. Save them all for her. She is the first little flower in your garden.
You are radiant.
With her middle name BEE, you have a theme right there for your garden. I know you love bees anyway.
Just lovely. Donna

Angela said...

Congratulations Cheryl! I love the name Natalie! I'm sure she is just gorgeous!

KleinsteMotte said...

This is o amazing. I feel as happy as you do!! Good for you for treating yourself Grandma. How GRAND!!! If there's a rose by the name of Natalie maybe that can go in the garden too??

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I love how you think.

I am so excited for you to get to go and see her!!

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