Sunday, November 06, 2011

young and old

the news


spreading the news

now i'm officially old, at least to myself. passing my 60th birthday didn't do it, nor did my 69th. becoming a grandfather did. how interesting i thought to myself. men become grandparents way younger than i am. so now i am old by abstraction. yet i don't feel old. and i dress the same as i did in high school, though my hair is shorter than it was back then. okay, i do have a few semi-permanent aches. maybe elder is the better term.

robin took that picture of me as i was giving the news to my sister. i see both elation and relief in my face. our daughter had a short labor and an easy birth. baby delilah is beautiful, with curly black hair.

30 comments:

  1. Wow, that's quite a head of hair for a baby. Congratulations to you both. I never felt being a grandma meant I was old but I did find it gave me someone new to worry about ;)

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  2. I'm too old for this word verification: lughenis

    wtf?

    Mazel tov!!


    Babies make me feel happy and hopeful and they're springing up everywhere, suddenly, because I'm old (but in my head I'm still 14)!

    Your Delilah is truly a beauty. If she inherits your smile, LOOK OUT, world!!

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  3. she is just gorgeous! yes, mazel tov!

    but i'm really delighted by that huge grin on your face! says it all.

    xoxoxo

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  4. Congratulations!! And Delilah is so beautiful! Love all that dark hair, reminds me of my youngest daughter when she was born!! I'm so happy for you and Robin as well! And what a great smile! Certainly put one on my face as well! Celebrate!!

    Sylvia

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  5. Delilah is gorgeous. Your face is glowing with happiness and pride - your wide grin lights up the screen.

    Welcome to grandparenthood -- it is grand. That little girl has some of YOU in her -- how's that for a mind blow?

    I'm so happy for you, Robin, the new parents and of course bsby Delilah.

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  6. Quick labor, yeehaw! You are easily the world's hippest grandfather. Lucky Delilah! XO

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  7. Ooh! Congratulations! Great photos both! :)

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  8. Wow! Oh, wow, you lucky, lucky ducks! Congratulations and such a beautiful baby. Oh, oh, you deserve this happiness so much and I'm so happy for you and I'm SO jealous. More photos as soon as possible.

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  9. Oh, what a lovely baby! But it was your smile that brought tears to my eyes as I relived similar moments of pure joy. (Great capture, Robin!)

    I became a grandmother at 43, the same year my closest friend gave birth to her first child. Having just spent an hour crawling around on the floor with a three-year-old pretending to be fish in the ocean, I can promise this experience will make you younger by the year.

    Congratulations and love to all!

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  10. She sure is a beauty. Congratulations Grandpa!!!

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  11. Congratulations, "Grandpa"! Now the fun begins!

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  12. Delilah's Grandpa
    Delightful, delectable,
    Delirious Grin!

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  13. Oh, baloney, you're not old just because you've got a grand child. From what I've observed, the little varmints liven you right up!
    Congrats, and what a lovely name.

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  14. Reading all these loving comments makes us realize that we are truly the luckiest grandparents in the world. You enrich us more than you'll ever know. Thank you.

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  15. What a beautiful baby she is!! You are in for the most wonderful time of your lives. As the grandmother of 6, I can heartily recommend it!

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  16. How very exciting. Congratulations. Babies are absolute joy .. and I'd say Roger's expression matches. Just to think that in this big, wide, wild, and wonderful world Delilah has found her way to your Elena and you. Most amazing. I am soooooo happy for you both. xxxooo

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  17. Congratulations to all! You look like the proud happy grandpa you are. You'll have many opportunities to be smiling and be proud of the little one in the future, too!

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  18. Absolutely a beautiful baby and so is that expression on your face.
    Hope you are brushing up on your "spoiling" skills.
    The fun part of kids has just entered your life.

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  19. Congratulations! That's a beautiful name for a beautiful baby.

    Roger, you're not old. This culturally-embedded whinging about age is overrated. That smile on your face is eternal.

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  20. Welcome, Delilah. What a wonderful name. Our little Luca, barely a few hours older, sends his love!

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  21. Smiles of that quality never get old!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS ALL AROUND!!!

    The only time I actually feel old is when I have to have a photo ID made. I can't for the life of me figure out who that gray-haired old woman might be.

    I just love the name Delilah!

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  23. Wonderful! I join all your other friends here in celebration!

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  24. Congratulations to all! Hope she is closer in miles than my granddaughter.

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  25. Just read the joyful news! Congratulations to the new baby, new parents and new grandparents!

    The portraits are radiant with loving and being loved. Can see your love for robin and your daughter and your granddaughter in your eyes, roger.

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  26. Congratulations! Yeah, none of my "0" birthdays made me feel as old as when my kid turned 30 this year.

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