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Lucky me! A second grandchild in April!

Because I have only one child, I knew better than to count on grandkids. I’d seen too many women disappointed when their offspring either ruled out babies or put off the life-changing parenthood decision until nature made it for them. So I felt incredibly blessed—and more than a little surprised—when, at age 47, I welcomed a grandson into my life.

I figured Colsen might be my only grandchild: his parents broke up early and his father only just married, for the first time, at age 36. “If you want to have children, you’d better not wait too long,” I would remind him, trying not to sound annoyingly mom-ish. I needn’t have worried. My second grandchild is due in April.

Although Hallmark doesn’t yet know it, April is grandchild month, at least around here. Are the heavens trying to tell me something? My sister-in-law Linda, who became a grandmother even younger than I did, is also looking forward to a new grandbaby, which expands the possibilities for high jinks at family Christmases to come.

Plus, an original essay of mine will be featured in the groundbreaking anthology Eye of My Heart: the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother (Harper in the U.S., HarperCollins in Canada). Editor Barbara Graham has rounded up a stellar lineup (we’re talking the likes of Mary PipherJudith ViorstEllen Gilchrist and Bharati Mukherjee) to challenge the stereotypes of grannyhood, each from a different perspective. I’ve recounted my quest to be my own kind of grandma—not smothering (like my own grandmother) or desperately indulgent (like the burbling old dears in TV commercials, with their apple-doll faces and Mrs. Claus spectacles). I’m proud of the piece, and I can’t wait to see what the other writers have to say. And of course, I’ll update you on the progress of the book.

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