The feelings that erupt upon meeting your first grandchild create emotions you could never have fathomed, even in your wildest dreams. Others who entered this stage in life ahead of you tried to prepare you for this onslaught, but all of their sage advice was for naught. The moment you laid eyes on this tiny little being, you were instantaneously swept away, hopelessly smitten by this child of your child.
As completely overwhelmed as you were at his birth, nothing compares to the next feelings that strike you as he heads rapidly through his milestones. Then one day, one year later, he begins moving his tiny feet, tentatively navigating forward. Looking up at you with a giant smile, he offers you his hand to hold. He is asking for your assistance. Carefully clutching his little fingers in yours, you guide him on his journey. It may only be from the kitchen to the living room. But it is indeed important for him. It is for you as well.
Because it is at that exact moment when you realize that he trusts you. Implicitly. And it takes your breath away.