I’ve been an aunt ever since I can remember. Having thirty-three nieces and nephews and not counting the grands, my husband’s side and the people they married, one would think I’ve seen it all. I am also a mother of two and a mother-in-law of one. Everyone I ever knew who became a grandparent would tell me how it is such a different experience, indescribable. I think I now understand what they meant because in October of 2011 I became the Nonna of the most amazing little girl ever.
She is the apple of my eye, the beat of my heart, my pride and joy. I adore her and everything about her. Her little mind is truly a sponge and she absorbs something new every single day. Ever since she was an itty bitty newborn her alertness was apparent to everyone who spent time with her.
Everyday when I think of her my heart swells and a smile comes to my mouth. It’s automatic! I can’t help it. I just want to be around her all the time, but of course in today’s world that isn’t possible. My children live far away from me…in another borough ….that ‘s far for me! Stop laughing at me now. It’s been years since I’ve been passed Jersey and Brooklyn is still my home, at least for the time being. And besides where else could a better place be for a Nonna like me?
Being a Nonna is somewhat challenging, especially now that my body movements are extremely limited. It means learning the modern methods, watching my p’s and q’s, resisting the urge to tell my granddaughter’s parents that it isn’t the way we did things! It’s also exciting, wonderful, loving and exhilarating! I like being a Nonna. At first, I thought it would make me feel old and past my prime. I worried that I would be left in a corner to just watch and stay quiet, but that, thank goodness, is not the way it is at all. Whenever I’m around her I feel young, and vibrant and happy. When she first said Nonna, when her little arms hug me, when she throws me kisses, says I love you….I feel a bit of what paradise must be like. Of course, she has her moments and gets fresh or mischievous, it’s natural. It doesn’t seem to bother me though as it did with my own children, for some reason it just goes right over my head.
My one regret is that I’m unable to run after her now, or give her a pony ride on my back, or go on a slide with her, or dance with her the way I used to with her father and uncle. I wish those things were possible, but they aren’t, so I find other ways to bond with this truly amazing, smart little person.
I’ve always loved to shop for others and buy gifts. I’ve been told it’s my biggest fault. Now no one can stop me, I love getting little gifts for her and buying clothes for her and watching her as she figures out what to do with them. At times my jaw drops in amazement as I watch her beautiful face thinking and her curiosity as it rivals those of a genius. Her Nonno and I are in awe at her genuine process of thinking at such a young age.
Being a Nonna is the best thing that has ever happened to me besides becoming a mom. I wouldn’t trade being a Nonna for all the riches in the world because I am the wealthiest woman in the world ….I am a Nonna!
That’s the way I see it, here in my Brooklyn homeland!