I am a grandma!! Little Arabella arrived into this world in the evening of 30th November (which is Mark Twain’s birthday, so an auspicious day from a literary point of view)and I am fast discovering the truth of Shakespeare’s words: “a grandma’s name is little less in love than is the doting title of a mother.”
Have you read The Summer Book by Finnish author Tove Jansson? I hope I can be like the grandmother in that story – wise, patient, and loving. But what I most hope to do as a grandmother is to bring the joy of books into little Arabella’s life. My first personal gift to her is a copy of Georgette Heyer’s delightful novel Arabella after whom she is named.
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