Thursday, October 16, 2008

Look Alikes?

Below are two baby pictures. The first is a picture of me as a baby. The second is a picture of my youngest granddaughter.

When I first saw this baby picture of Sierra, I was struck at how much it reminded me of mine. I quickly dug through the old pictures and found the one I was remembering.

Although we are 58 years apart in age, this little girl grabs my heart each time I am with her. She's very caring, and last Sunday we treated her to a banana split and a couple of presents celebrating her ninth birthday.

She had never noticed Paul's carotid artery surgery scars, and it was a movie in the making to watch her discover them. She did it all with looks, a look of discovery,  then a look of questioning, and when explained, looks of loving and caring. She laid her head on Paul's chest and just loved on him. It was such a freeze frame moment. Paul was raw emotionally from having buried his Mom a few days before, and just watching the two of them was special!


My reality check was going to be that I hope I'm a good role model to this young girl. As I've written this I've changed my mind. My reality check is really that I hope I can be as transparent, as loving, and as caring as this little girl. One of my favorite sayings is "Love like you've never been hurt." That's so much harder to do than to say. Seeing that attitude in a young girl is a real challenge to me. I hope I can be like her.


Brett & Kelly Burleson said...

I agree 100%. Sierra is a sweetheart and has a very good, caring heart...a lot like her daddy. She is truly a daddy's girl.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of her life. She has grown-up SO much over the past 5 years and it has been fun watching her go through the transformation from little girl, to "little girl" in a 9 year old body. She still loves her dolls, but not in public :) I have a lot of fun with her and truly love her as my own. She thinks the world of Grams & Papaw, and couldn't wait to spend time with you. She's one lucky little girl to have so many people that love her.

Brett & Kelly Burleson said...

Forgot to add...Sierra definitely got her looks from you! I can't believe how much the two of you look alike as babies.

SF said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh grandchildren, arent they the best!
Sierra is beautiful just like her Grams. That is really something how much you two look alike!
They can really grab your heart cant they!! What a sweet moment you were able to capture with her and they can be like a good medicine to the soul.
We are blessed!