Countdown to Kianna
10, 9, 8, 7.
The due date for our first grandbaby, Kianna Allene Brown, is just one week away.
Kelly and I talk about impending grandparenthood many times a day. We communicate as well as we ever have. I don’t think we need any prodding to chat. At least I don’t need a nudge to get me to talk. But this Saturday morning, before sis-in-law, Jeannie, and her three boys arrived for a day-long and overnight visit – joined eventually by mom-to-be Kishia and Jeannie’s hub by, Eric – Kelly sat in the middle of our freshly-made bed, telling me she found the book, “Love Talk Starters.”
Her voice was playful. I rolled my eyes. She read the subtitle: “275 questions to get your conversations going.”
I rolled my eyes again.
“This will be fun!” she said with way too much glee for a Saturday morning that demanded our time to get ready for guests.
“If you could do one thing together and be guaranteed success, what would you do?”
It didn’t take me long to answer.
“You know how I try to get guest bloggers? We should be guest ‘pickers’ for the show American Pickers.”
Kelly agreed. We were really connecting; on the same page as it were.
“We’d be good at that!”
“Yeah,” I said. “Then we’d have our own show.”
This conversation-starting book was okay. Kelly read two or three more questions. We had more great conversations.
One more question. (Still 270 to go).
“Matthew Porter, the writer, said to his wife: ‘You do something to me – something that simply mystifies me.” Then the question: “What does your spouse to do mystify you?”
I didn’t hesitate.
“You always have one more ounce of energy, one more act of love. No matter how exhausted you might be, you have time for someone in crisis. And you still have time for me. Your capacity for compassion and empathy mystifies me.”
I know it was one of those “awwww!” answers, but I meant it. Rolled right off my tongue.
I was almost afraid, though, to hear her answer. So what mystifies my spouse the most about me?
“The way your mind works. I mean, like you wanted to learn origami. Where did that come from?”
It was a lovely moment. I wanted to say, “You’re mystified? I’ve got no idea why my mind works this way. I’m mystified!” That might have put a damper on things.
We’re four months away from our 30th anniversary, but we haven’t gotten tired of or used to each other. I think this concept of “mystified” is one of the sweetest spices that flavors our marriage every day.
Grandpa’s message to Kianna #30
The verse on your mommy’s belly says it all. Kianna, you are not an accident or just some chemical or biological process. Your life has intentional purpose.
I’ve counted down the days until your birth because I’m just so excited. Excited to see my beautiful daughter be your wonderful mommy. Excited to see your daddy treasuring you like the miracle that he never dreamed he’d experience. Excited for your Grammy (Mrs. Grandpa) to tuck you into the place in her heart that has been waiting just for you. Waiting for Kianna.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that worldwide 361,000 babies are born every day. About 11,000 other babies will be born in the United States the same day you are born. That’s lots of babies.
But there’s only one Kianna. One life script just for you, different from the talents, traits and purpose of all those other babies.
I’ve been writing about your mommy’s pregnancy as if it’s a big deal because it is.
Kianna, YOU are a big deal.