Another Generation Will Join Us Soon

Another generation will join us soon and by the way I’m acting, you’d think I was the one giving birth. In anticipation of my first grand baby, I’ve been nesting more than a hen at Easter. I have cleaned out the garage, rearranged two offices and the guest room here at the house, and set up a nursery/playroom at the studio. I’ve picked up every twig in two yards and even ironed the clothes hanging in the laundry room. We’re bordering on ridiculous here. The next thing you know, I’ll be scrubbing the tile in the bathroom with a toothbrush.

Sage & Alex

My daughter Sage and her husband Alex are anxiously awaiting the birth of their Baby Girl. We are within the bulls eye — that two-week span before the actual due date — and what my friends have been telling me all along is so very true,  and I haven’t even met the little one yet.

As I was sorting through my children’s baby things and arranging the nursery and playroom at the studio, I remembered planning for Sage’s and Charlie’s births. I wanted to be the best Mama I could possibly be — just like my Mama was. I felt a lot of pressure (in more ways than one!), and was scared out of my wits. A few days before Sage was due, I suddenly realized I did not know how to put on a cloth diaper (I was adamant about being all natural, right down to what touched my babies’ little bums). I called my mother in a straight panic. She arrived at my front door within minutes, deftly folded and pinned a diaper around a small pillow to illustrate the procedure, and gave me a big hug. “Don’t worry sugah,” she said with that beautiful smile of hers. “The little angels come with instructions — instructions that say ‘love me.'”

Blanche Freeman Avery

The late Blanche Freeman Avery

As I try patiently to await an event that I anticipate to be life-changing, the pressure is there once again — but it is not the same. Now the pressure is to be the “bestest and most funest” grand buddy I can be; because grandparents are supposed to be close to perfect you know. They are those very special folks who adore and love you, are thrilled at every thing you do,  show you the wonders of the world, and tell you stories about all the special people who have gone before — those generations who made us what we are — those people who would light up like a beacon if they could hold and love the precious one…the precious one who is the new generation joining us soon.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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14 Responses to Another Generation Will Join Us Soon

  1. Gail Barnes says:

    I am so excited for you! Keep us posted and take lots of pictures and of course I want you in the picture too. Keep us posted!

  2. I will…I will — purchasing a new camera this week.

  3. Judi Fleming says:

    What wonderful news…and what l lucky little girl to have you for her Grand Buddy. You’re perfect for this one, sweet pea! And what a beautiful picture of your Mama. She was so lovely. Now, I’m going to read all you’ve written… you!

  4. J9 STYLE says:

    So excited for you! What a wonderful time in your life!

  5. Girl you will be fine, Sage is bless to have her baby coming near a grandmaw as you!! Apiece of cake!!

  6. says:


    Great news, Grand Buddy: How wonderful!

    Lovely photos: Listen to Mama; she knew; she knows.



  7. Jeanne says:

    Congratulations, Pam! What a fun new chapter in this book of life! Enjoy every minute and share them with your friends!

  8. Congrats. What fun. you will great buddy.

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