21 June 2020

Chain

Until we opened the box, we didn't know. There were two mugs. One for Shirley and one for me. She removed the white tissue from hers first and then I noticed she was blubbering. Why? Then I got the tissue off mine and straightaway I knew why. We are going to be grandparents if Nature takes her proper course. 

Everybody knows now so why not share the good news with blog friends? Baby Pudding should arrive after Christmas - perhaps on the day of the next Haxey Hood on The Isle of Axholme - January 6th. It's early days yet and common sense says that a proportion of pregnancies end in tears but in spite of this we cannot help being ridiculously excited. The chain of life continues - connecting us all to the past and future.

Here are the parents-to-be yesterday afternoon - under Stanage Edge with the big smiley millstone. Maybe one day I will take my little grandson or granddaughter there. I hope so.

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  1. Here's hoping for a good and successful pregnancy for your daughter. Congratulations to the expectant parents, Shirley and you. Welcome to the joys of grand-parenting.

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    1. Thank you Mary. "Successful pregnancy" strikes a salutary note of caution which of course chimes with me.

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  2. That's wonderful news. Congratulations to the parents-to-be. What a great Christmas present that will be.

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    1. Later the child will say, "It's not fair having my birthday so close to Christmas!"

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    2. That's so true - my birthday is at the beginning of January, and I mostly had one gift for both. Not that one should think in such mercenary terms of course.....

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    3. Of course. It would be so selfish to think like that!

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  3. Wonderful!! Congratulations, Neil! And you announced this on Father's Day here in the US.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It was Father's Day here too. I wonder when Grandfather's Day is?

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    1. Thank you Bob! As you are an experienced, time-served grandfather I may require your wise advice.

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  5. I had a feeling this news would be appearing soon. It is Nature's Way for sure.
    Congratulations! Now you will have a new perspective on my ongoing love affair with my grandchildren. It is a type of love that I promise you have never known.

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    1. Thank you Mary! I think you are so lucky to have your nippers close by.

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    2. I don't think I could bear it if they weren't.

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  6. Many, many congratulations to you all. A mini Yorkshire pudding. Scrumptious!

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    1. This particular Yorkshire pudding may be born in London which is rather distressing.

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  7. How lovely - congratulations to all.

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  8. Congratulations to the proud grandparents to be and the lovely couple. Such an exciting time anticipating the birth of your first grandchild. And Mrs Moon is right .. it is a love for the grandchild like you have never experienced before, so much to look forward to.

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    1. I feel some of that love already Elle. I think I am getting ahead of myself.

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  9. Congratulations, you must be so excited.

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  10. How exciting! Congratulations to you all! Being a grandparent is one of the best experiences ever and you and Shirley will be great grandparents.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. Sometimes I will be a grumpy granddad.

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  11. May the bonus of grandparenthood come to pass for you.

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    1. Thanks. How should granddads behave Graham?

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    2. Irresponsibly, YP, towards their grandchildren anyway. Indulgence without responsibility?

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    3. Good advice Granddad Graham!

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  12. Surprise! I remember you saying you felt you'd probably not have this experience, so I can imagine how surprised you were :)

    What hopeful and lovely news at a time of uncertainty and unheaval. I hope the pregnancy goes well. I understand what you said about the sense of connectedness. Perhaps it is an instinctive thing. We can choose friends based on our shared interests and values, while our relatives may end up being quite different from us, yet there is something so unique about being part of a family that stretches both backward and forward. I'm not articulating it well but I was thinking about it myself yesterday, having entertained our little grandsons for a few hours.

    Congratulations to all the Pudding family :)

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    1. I disagree Jenny - you DID articulate it well! Thank you.

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  13. Well, that's fantastic news for Fathers' Day! We were told that we were going toe grandparents in just the same way, unwrapping parcels at Christmas to find mugs with Grandma and Grandpa on them. The following months seemed to last forever! Wishing that all goes well for the future of the Pudding clan.

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    1. It is a nice way to find out isn't it? Thank you.

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  14. Wonderful news for you and all your family. The precious gift of new life gives a new meaning to the old. I patiently knit and wait for my turn. You lucky, lucky man. May it all go well.

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  15. Congratulations
    I'm chuffed for you

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    1. If it is a boy they may call him John. It is a stately name.

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  16. Congratulations, YP! That's great news. Hopefully a new baby will help you (and perhaps all your readers) see the future more hopefully and optimistically. People say kids are good for that!

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    1. In the middle of a pandemic it is good to see a ray of hope for the future.

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  17. Congratulations. A new perspective opens up.

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    1. Thanks Tasker... Where do you buy granddad clothing?

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    2. I don't know, but will ask you if and when the time arrives. However, I believe Chums do extremely comfortable high-rise underpants.

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    3. High=rise underpants? But we don't live in a block of flats! Can you get semi-detached underpants?

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  18. In response to your news I wrote half an essay. I deleted it. Instead of which I simply offer you my congratulations. May all go well, be well.

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    1. Urusla, I wonder whether you and I were thinking along the same lines...

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    2. All very intriguing but thank you Ursula.

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    3. We most likely are, Librarian [thinking along the same lines].

      I can't tell you how much you remind me of a dear friend of mine (we were twelve or so when we first met, my family just having moved). She wasn't a librarian then or now. However, she sure introduced me to the joys of the town's well stocked library and made me take home books so heavy I sometimes was close to cracking under the weight.

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  19. Congratulations!!

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  20. Exciting times for you Mr.Pudding.

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    1. I don't even look like a granddad!

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    2. You will soon, happy news for both the 'grands' and a lovely surprise.

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    3. Should I get myself some wire framed glasses and dye my hair white? Thanks for your comment Thelma.

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  21. Congratulations and all the best!

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    1. It's early days yet...but thank you Meike.

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  22. What excellent and exciting news, and an innovative way of telling you! Congratulations all round.

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  23. Congratulations to you all. I hope all goes well for Frances, and wish her "smooth sailing" through the months to come.

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  24. Many congratulations YP. There appears to be a boom after the lockdown.

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    1. Thanks Mr Northsider. Is your missus going to crack out another one?

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  25. We tried for a daughter but nothing happened. Says she prefers Antiques Roadtrip and knitting.😊

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    1. What do you mean you "tried for" a daughter? What does that entail?

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