So small, so vulnerable and my first grandchild. 16 years ago today GereaKaye came into this world and I instantly knew I had known her before. Up to that moment, I had never experienced anything like it. Her sweet, deep root beer colored eyes held for me a knowing of a before time.
That hasn't changed in the past 16 years. Our relationship really isn't fair to anyone else on the planet. We are a bonded pair of smart ass partners in crime separated by a mere 51 years (this time around).
She is becoming the woman I always suspected she would become. Kind, caring, fierce, challenging and captivating the hearts and minds of may other mere mortals. To say I admire her is a gross understatement. To say I envy her is the truth.
I truly do not love her more than any other member of the Cuckoos but I understand her better, relate to her easier and allow myself the luxury of complete and utter abandon when I am with her. She is one funny bunny, makes me laugh like no one else can, makes me cry deeper than anyone else can.
When she was little heathen, I would take her shopping so that I could do some walking and she could experience people. Folks would hear us conversing aisles away and come around and be flabbergasted that she was so young. They commented more than once that she looked like a faery or elfling. She always had something to say to everyone....albeit baby talk. She had good judgement about people even then.
On one occasion when she was about 14 months old, we visited our local "woo woo" shop to get some incense. The woman who ran the shoppe stopped what she was doing to come and greet GK and me. I began my search for "dirty dreaded hippie incense" when the woman and Gerea began a full fledged conversation indicating that they too had know each other before, the now. It was one of those goose flesh kinda moments. That has happened so many times in her short 16 years. Speaking to the dead, knowing when something is going to happen, not trusting something and leaving a situation and sure enough something ugly has always happened. The way in which she engages with animals, children, old people and the lonely.
Today is not only her birthday but her favorite school activity, the talent show. She will be singing At Last, the Etta James rendition. Talk about old school. She is so in love with the music from that era.
Compassion, conviction and cunning. Yep and she's only 16.
Happy Birthday dearest granddaughter, thank you for sharing yourself so effortlessly with the world.