Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Finding her voice

Dear Iris,

Thanks for talking to me the other night. Your daddy held the phone up to your ear and you were certainly not shy about introducing yourself.

In fact, you took over the conversation with your non-stop oohs and coos and ahs and gahs. The inflections and timing had me laughing with delight. I could barely get a word in (and for me that’s highly unusual). Proud dad says he thinks you’re ahead of the curve on verbal expression. I agree and realize that your cousin Sophie was not exaggerating when she told me that you had already talked to her.

Even though I have not yet been able to fly across the country and make your acquaintance in person, we have already had our first meaningful encounter. The melodic ring of your voice still echoes in my mind. If you’re this outgoing at three months, I can hardly wait to see what you will be like when real words take shape and float from your tongue.

For now, I’m so grateful to know that you are thriving and letting those who love you know how happy you are to be a part of the family.

It’s been claimed that, as they grow up, little girls seem to lose their voices. They start to doubt what they know and become more quiet in the company of boys.

My precious granddaughter, may the fledgling sounds you are making now grow into a strong and beautiful voice free to express who you are and what you believe in. And may that gift never be taken from you.

Love, Babci xxoo

P.S. You look a lot like your daddy at the same age. He wasn't as chatty though.


s@bd said...

*tries not to cry*

kirsty said...

What a beautiful baby girl she is! I talk to my nieces on the phone, too. Looking forward to reading your meme answers!

Patti McCracken said...

When my sister's first child was born, my mother watched as my sister held her newborn baby. And then mom said "NOW do you know how much I love you?"

I think this remarkable Babci needs to hold and cuddle little Iris as soon as possible!!

Patti McCracken said...

oh... and Mater, I agree--we need to start exchanging regular emails! I can be reached at mccracken@a1.net

Contrary said...

Well, she's just stinkin' adorable.

And I don't think we have to worry about her losing her voice. You have a knack for raisig kids who express themselves (if Jenn is any example) and I'm sure that trickles right on down to the grandbabies.

Simon said...

My own grandmother is way the hell and gone on the other side of THIS country and wailing and gnashing her teeth that she has yet to see her second great-grandson after almost eight months of waiting.

God bless grandmas!

Vermont Mama said...

Oh, she does look like her Daddy. She is really cute. No, I mean really REALLY cute. Wow. Any time you need a 3-month-infant-fix, you know where to turn. Charlotte won't even mind if you want call her Iris the whole time, I promise.

Birchsprite said...

She is so lovely!

Barb said...

Uh oh,she is so sweet, thanks now
I have babyitis!

Ellamama said...

Very beautiful granddaughter you have there. You are so lucky to have so many grandchildren.Thanks for the comments you left on oya baka mama. Very sweet. Talk to you soon.