Thursday, March 6, 2008
Close to Nowhere
I met Levi for the first time Saturday. He was exactly one month old and nine pounds by the time we were introduced.
He’s so beautiful. And it was so strange when I thought about anything other than how sweet he is.
To start at the beginning...eons ago, Alli, Levi’s mom, and Linsey, her big sister, were frequent visitors at my house. The school bus dropped them off and Pop “babysat” them until their mom got home from work.
Their mom, my daughter and I are all very good friends. Actually, we’re not friends, we’re family. As my friend Jane says — we may not be related by blood, but we’re related by heart.
But then, their mom moved and the girls finished growing up in Falkner. I knew they were growing up (kids do that), and we even watched Linsey graduate from high school several years ago.
Graduating high school is different than becoming a mother though. You can still think of them as “little” girls — kinda, sorta.
When Missy gave me the news that Alli was going to become a mom (and Missy a grandma!) I couldn’t believe it. Alli was still 12! Maybe 13 by now, maybe? Try 21.
In my mind (and Pop’s also, except he’s worse than I am) Alli is still playing with Meredith and her toys (Meredith doesn’t play with those ‘baby’ toys anymore either.)
Meredith and Alli used to have a great time playing. Allie and Linsey both used to sit in Pop’s lap in the big recliner so he could read to them.
One year, for Christmas, they got him a great, big children’s book of Bible stories. Guess who he got to read it to? He still has that book, but the little girls don’t fit in the recliner with him anymore.
He’d still read to them, but they don’t have time anymore. You know, jobs, husbands, homes and now babies take up a lot of time.
Levi and his mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, etc. were at the house Saturday for a very late baby shower.
Levi was supposed to arrive February 9. The first shower was scheduled for late January. However, Levi chose to make his appearance Jan. 25, so the shower was postponed.
I almost hated giving him his Levi quilt. In my opinion, it turned out really well, after murdering one sewing machine and frazzling the quilter. I loved making it and I will never make a blue jean quilt again! But it sure turned out well.
I made Levi’s grandmother promise not to hang it on the wall, but to let him drag it around until it was raggedy and worn out. Personally, I don’t think a denim quilt can be worn out, but I sure want him to try.
Listening to Alli laugh and talk Saturday brought back many memories.
And those memories sure jangle with that beautiful baby in her arms!
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