A Letter To My Unborn Grandchild from Grandma

Dearest Unborn Grandchild,

I am about to meet you in 5 weeks or so, and I am so excited! You will be my first grandchild, and I have no idea if you are a boy or a girl, but that really doesn't matter to me as long as you are born happy and healthy. I do have to admit I kind of hope you are a girl, only because I had 3 boys and having a little girl would be nice. But if you are a boy that's fine too because I'm tough and I'll be able to handle you because I've already raised three!

I never thought that I would get to this stage of my life, where anticipating your arrival is almost as exciting for me as waiting for your dad to be born was. You are already near and dear to my heart, and I am already dreaming of how I can remodel our house and yards to make your life more fun and happy: A new grass area in the backyard so you can roll on the grass and play, a new playground area so I can watch your happy face smile down at me and say "grandma, look at me, I'm going down the slide now!", a new lawn in the front, the same place that your dad played when he was growing up, on the same patch of earth that he and his brother fought and cried over.

Oh yes it will be fun. I promise to be a fun grandma, I'm going to read you stories like I used to read to your daddy, and when it's time to go to bed we will play "shoot out the lights". I will give you an imaginary slingshot and you can aim it right at the lights and we will play at shooting the lights out before you close your beautiful eyes and drift off the sleep. I will bring out the fun puppy books that I used to read to your daddy, and we will pray every night before you go to bed. Together you and I will have lots of fun, and when your mom and dad are not around I'll probably let you get away with things that they might not approve of, but as you will learn, that's what good grandmas do. They spoil you and give you things that you won't get elsewhere!

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I'm just so excited that you are coming soon! This will be a new rebirth - for both you and I. Your birthday will always be a special day for me, and when you get bigger the parties will get grander and the spoiling will get worse. You will cry to me please - please grandma can I have this or that, and honestly, if I have the money and you've been good, you'll probably bat your eyes at me and get your way.

That's because you are special to me and I already love you even though I don't know you yet. Because you are the great grandchild of my parents Alan and Mary Campbell and you have that wonderful Campbell blood in you. I know you are going to be one tough little Irish cookie! I only wish that your great grandparents could have met you, they would have adored you as much as I do. They probably would have spoiled you even worse. But the wonderful thing is that you have their wonderful legacy of love that they left behind, that has filtered down from me- to your dad- and now to you. A legacy of love. And if you manage to get some of Grandpa Joes fighting spirit in you we will butt heads - and then you will probably run to him to get your way when you don't get it with me!

And on the question of love dearest grandbaby- one thing I want to tell you is that LOVE is the most important thing in the world. With love all things are possible, with love all things can be conquered, all mistakes healed and all things made right. Love never fails. People may fail you but Gods love is always there, waiting for you, everyday and at every moment. All you have to do ask God into your heart and He will always be there with you - no matter what else happens he will always Love You!

And as for your grandpa and I, we will always love you too- because that's what good grandparents do- they love you unconditionally- through good times and bad, rich times and poor times, naughty times and sad times.

So littlest one, I am so happy you are coming to meet me soon. I can't wait to see you. I can't wait to see if you'll have your daddies eyes, your mothers lips, your grandpas fingers or your grandmas nose. Who knows? You might even look like your great grandpa (and he was quite the ladies man!) or you might just look like your very own self and not look like any of us!

But that doesn't matter, because we want you to have your own looks, your own thoughts, and your own identity. Maybe one day you might become the president of the United States and you'll look back at this letter and say "Yup, that was my grandma". She was one heck of a lady and she sure loved me through thick and thin, all the way to the presidency!

My point being grandchild, anything is possible for you if you want it bad enough. There are no mountains you cannot climb, no things that you cannot do if you just put your mind to it, and try your best. Whether you are the president, a ceo, baker, carpenter or work at McDonalds, as long as you are happy that is the most important thing in life. Enjoy what you are doing and find your purpose and passion in life, because that will help you have a reasonably, and perhaps, exceptional time in this life.

And grandchild, when you get old enough, I hope you love me enough to come and see me when I get old and I am no longer well enough to roll around in the grass with your or shoot out the lights with you. Because some day I will be old and it will be harder for me to spend time with you, so please remember that nobody except your mother and father will ever love you the way I do. You only get a grandma once in your life, so please love me, because I will always love you, no matter what.

I can't wait to meet you sweetheart,

Love Grandma

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Mighty Mom 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Dorsi, this hub brought a lump to my throat. You speak from the heart, and from the heart of every woman who has felt overwhelming tenderness for a child. Your hub covers so many personal and family values and touching images of passing on traditions (shoot out the lights -- precious!). A legacy of love, indeed! Oh ... and good luck with your presidential campaign, too!


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Jim Hickey 8 years ago from Maryville, Missouri

Morning Dorsi,

Very Cool Hub and obviously straight from the heart.

I am a recent grandparent myself (6 months ago) and I can assure you there are fewer greater feelings of joy, pride and happiness (other than my three girls of course) that I remember feeling. There is something very special about grandparenthood that is difficult to describe and most don't undrestand until it is their turn to have the priviledge. I wish you all the best and greatest happiness together.

Jim Hickey


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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Now, now, Dorsi, you made my eyes wet and heart expand. Sniff! It was a lovely, loving, heartfelt letter, and your grandchild to be is blessed to come into a world where he/she is already loved and wanted.


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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

What a great idea and an excellent hub, to boot! I wrote letters, actually journals, to my future grandkids, if I have any in the futrue, that is! I just wanted them to know that the dusty pictures they may view were of a person who once lived, loved and struggled hard to make it in this world.

I also wanted them to know that they are the product of many people such as I: my ancestors are also their ancestors!

Again, with a warm tear in my eye, beautiful hub! Thanks!


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

I have grandchild envy myself. None in the ovens of my line yet and none likely for a bit more yet but I still think about it from time to time. This is a wonderful hub.


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you all for the very kind comments! I did write this straight from the heart, and I was thinking what I might do is print this hub out, as a letter, and frame it for my grandbaby. I'm so excited!


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Jim Hickey 8 years ago from Maryville, Missouri

It definitely belongs in the "Baby Book" .....


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BizzyMuse 8 years ago from Southern California

This was absolutely beautiful - ironic too, since I just had my weekend call with my grandma just a few hours ago. I am like a sponge with her, soaking up every drop of knowledge and experience she offers to me in her stories and words of wisdom. Today she shared stories of the depression era - real life experience that put true perspective on current events. My grandma is one of my heroines, as I am sure you will be to your grandbaby. Congrats in advance - and thank you for sharing.


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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

Being a grandmother is one of my greatest joys, right up there with watching their parents parent. Primarily raised by my own grandmother, I aspire to be as good as she was in this role. You've made a great start in that same direction already. Good hub!


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Stay at Home Dad 8 years ago from Georgia

Are you sure you are old enogh to be a grandma? :)

Love this hub!  I know you'll be an awesome grandma! 

Are you going to write another hub when he or she is born so we know whether you have a boy or girl grandbaby?


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thanks everybody for the beautiful comments- and yes, Stay at Home Dad, I'll be sure to make a new hub when the grandbaby is born- just a couple more weeks! And thanks for the compliment on me looking young- that made my day!! (I'm 50!)


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highway star 7 years ago from Mostly Seattle, Amsterdam and Milan

Very nice hub!


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Uriel 7 years ago from Lebanon

I bet that you are a very cool loving grandma add to that the fact that your grandchild is lucky to have you! Great Hub! Uriel :D


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I read this after your letter to your grandson - all the promise of the relationship is being fulfilled, it sounds like.


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

Beautiful letter. I have a granddaughter coming in October. She isn't my first, she has three older sisters, but the anticipation is the same as if it was the first. Grandchildren are indeed a special gift. Best of luck and I hope your grandchild will know how special you are too.


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you everyone that has stopped by to read my letter to my grandson. He is 14 months old now and the absolute light of my life. There is just nothing more precious than watching my grandson grow up. He is a character and I enjoy all the time I can get with him!


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Noel313 6 years ago from These United States

I loved it!! I was just talking to my little girl about my granparents in heaven and how they would have absolutly loved her!! My grandma, Dorsie, was the best mammaw in this world and I miss her more and more each day!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Hi Noel, I don't know how I missed your comment so am replying very late but how ironic that your grandmothers name was Dorsie too! (just with an extra e in there!)


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Such a special letter ! A must for your scrap book it will be fun to read it to your Grandson ! If I could add some humor from a Grandparents website .... "if I would have known my Grandchildren would be this much fun , I would have had them first " Author Unknown


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Dorsi 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

FirstStepsFitness) Great idea (the scrapbook) It's funny you brought up that grandkids first saying. I just heard that a couple weeks ago and I agree,lol.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Reading this, (it is beautiful) brings a tear to the eye, had to vote it beautiful and also up.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@2uesday) Thank you. My grandson is now 2 and the absolute light of our life. He has a beautiful personality and lights up the room. I am soooo blessed by him


1forme2foryou 5 years ago

you have put what I feel into words; My daughter is jealous of our relationship however and I do not understand that. Any comments?


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

1forme2foryou) I am so sorry to hear that. It's hard to understand - there must be some underlying issues in her heart. Maybe she feels inadequate for whatever reason - and maybe by saying things like wow she/he really loves his/her mommy or praising their relationship will ease up the tension so she does not feel like a "rival" to you. It's hard to know what what people are thinking sometimes. Have you ever thought about talking about this with her?


Hanz Bunz 5 years ago

This really was a grea letter. It made my heart warm and this is a great example of a good person.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you Hanz for the beautiful compliment)


Lacey 4 years ago

That letter was beautiful, really. I wish my grandma felt about me the way you do about your grandson. I wish all grandchildren had the experience of being loved like that.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Lacey) Thank you so much for the beautiful comment. I didn't have grandparents growing up so I understand.


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vasmenon 4 years ago from India

Incredible hub, brought a few tears to my eyes. It was my grandma's death anniversary the day before, and I wanted to write a tribute to her. That's why I was searching for other article on grandmas so that I don't write what someone else has written. Now you have poured your heart out on this article that I don't know where to start!!! :)


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you vasemenon) I'm sure you're tribute to your Grandma will be beautiful. Just write it from your heart.

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