Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ramona Dawn

                             She came without ribbons. She came without tags! 
                             She came without packages, boxes, and bags!
                                                     With apologies to Dr. Seuss

We have been waiting forever, it would seem. Oh, not really forever, just nine months, but it seemed like forever. It seemed like dream time, when everything moves in slow motion, liquid syrupy slowness.

The sense of liquid syrupy slowness increased greatly after Alise called me over a week ago to say she was having contractions, that she and Ben had been to the hospital but sent home and told to walk around and return when she started to feel uncomfortable.

Walk around until she started to feel uncomfortable? By Monday, Alise was back at work. And Ramona was, well, not yet here. And so it went, until yesterday when Ben called to say "we are at the hospital."

We were on the way out the door to the home of our good friends, Margo and Gerald. I cannot think of friends I would rather be with while waiting for Ramona's arrival. Ben promised he would keep me posted, which he did up right up and through the moment he called to say, "mom, you're a grandmother."

Now the time is real time. Now the last nine months have been compressed into that one phone call. Now the clock is moving in the right rhythm. Now the dreaming is over and the real work begins.

Ramona Dawn has arrived.


Sharon said...

CONGRATULATIONS APRIL!!! You must be so proud!! :)!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I teared up as I read. If Ramona could know how much she is already loved...

see you there! said...

Congratulations! In my experience there is no better joy than a granddaughter. I expect to read many stories about her here.


Karen said...

Congratulations! She is adorable!

Jayne said...

Oh, sweet, sweet! Welcome to the World, Ramona Dawn! And congrats to you and the family, April. :)