The Boomer wave has arrived. And with it are literally millions of men and women transitioning from a structured workplace existence to a home based environment. For a large portion of the males, this is their first intense exposure to little ones and the day-to-day routine of family life. They were preoccupied in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s when their own children were growing up. Now – for the first time for many – they see up close what their wives did on their behalf….and it’s exhausting.
They’re learning as well that it is fascinating, intriguing, rewarding, and surprising. Did I mention exhausting. Yes, that too.
What is particularly fun are the surprises. Like an email from my son-in-law, Dave, sharing what Luca (farthest on the right above and closing in on three) said to him this evening:
Luca: “Did you know grampa is a doctor and he fixes people and makes them booboos all better and puts them pjs on and puts them to bed?”
Me: “wow, I did not know that”
Luca: “And him special”
Well here’s the truth, Lu. You and your eight cousins make me feel special – specialer than I have ever felt before. And I love each of you as much as I love your mother and fathers when they were little. It’s just that now, I have enough time to fully appreciate it.
Sleep tight Bella, Fiona, Lila, Amelia, Benjamin, Quinn, Andrew, Charlotte and Lila. Sleep tight. I love you, Grampa.