I have always known, on one level or another, that my mother is an exceptionally nurturing person.
But over the course of these past nine months, watching her with her first grandchild - my niece Emma - has transported me to an entirely fresh dimension of appreciation.
Whether it's a lazy spring afternoon on the porch or a long ride to Myrtle Beach in a mini-van, Mom's compassion and concern for Emma are ever-present and beautiful.
I remember hearing once,
If you ever feel curious about how your parents cared for you, watch them with your children.
Watching my mother's abundant joy and uninhibited adoration of Emma has become one of my favorite pastimes.