Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A grandfather’s love April 20, 2016

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My granddaughter at 10 days old.

My granddaughter at 10 days old.

THERE IS A SIDE TO GRANDPARENTING I never considered. And that is the joy of watching my husband in the role of grandpa. Randy holds his little Isabelle with such gentleness, cradling her in his arms like the precious baby girl she is to all of us.

Grandfather and granddaughter.

Grandfather and granddaughter.

He is a man who works with his hands—pounding, fixing, drilling—as an automotive machinist. Oil and grease stain his skin and rim his fingernails. He works hard. But those same strong, rough hands wrap a swaddle cloth around Izzy and tuck in her bare feet as he gazes at her with such tenderness that my heart aches.

Two generations connecting.

Two generations connecting.

And then at one point, this 10-day-old baby reflexively wraps her tiny hand around her grandpa’s right thumb. A kiss before she can kiss him. Love so sweet, so beautiful, between a grandfather and his newborn granddaughter.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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48 Responses to “A grandfather’s love”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Ah! Makes my heart melt. She is beautiful and the photos are ‘just right.’ And – we have another share, my Izzie, Isabella, turned 13 last week.

  2. That little photo of the hands is one for the wall isn’t it. Beautiful. c

  3. Marneymae Says:

    *sigh*
    Such tenderness.
    Beautiful

  4. Deb Says:

    The joy! Just when you think you can never love another human being as much as your children, along comes a grandchild. Also take note, if you thought your kids grew up too fast, hang on to your hat, this goes even faster!

  5. Awwwwwwwwww,
    She is amazing, Audrey.
    God is amazing, isn’t HE? xxxx

  6. bev walker Says:

    Isabella is beautiful! What a wonderful picture you captured.

  7. 01rena Says:

    OK, I actually cried! I never thought I’d see an “adorable” side to Randy, but now I see he has hidden treasures under that outer layer. Isn’t it wonderful to watch our husbands grow more understanding, loving, and “complete” with age? These Helbling men are truly a gift from God.

  8. Ahhhh – you can just feel the LOVE in your Beautiful Captures of Grandpa and Granddaughter – she is going to have him wrapped around her little finger – ha! I enjoy seeing my nephews interact with their grandparents since I have no children of my own to share with my parents. There is just a unique bond between them and I am lucky in the special bond I have with my nephews too. LOVE SWEET LOVE 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy!

  9. Oh! Congratulations to you and your family on this new little person who is so, so sweet. These photos are beautiful!

  10. Almost Iowa Says:

    Nothing melts a grandpa’s heart like a wee little girl.

  11. cheryl schrader Says:

    She is beautiful Congratulations. As you already know, it gets better and better from here and yes the time goes by just as fast as it did with our own children.

  12. Norma Says:

    Audrey, that picture of grandpa, and granddaughter is precious. I had 4 girls, and I have pictures of my dad with theses babies. One in particular, is one I will always treasure. He was looking at her with such love and wonder. He always had room in his heart for one more. Love knows no bounds with our love for our grand babies. Yes, they do grow up too fast. She is beautiful.

    • Ah, Norma, your #17 great granddaughter is, indeed, beautiful.

      What a treasure are those photos of your dad holding your babies. I will try to get some photos of your son with his granddaughter when he arrives in a few weeks.

  13. Don Says:

    One word comes to mind……………….”Precious”……………………..

  14. ‘Nuthin’ softens up a tough man’s heart, like a purty lil girl..’ What a nice picture.

  15. Jackie Says:

    Such a sweet hand shot, grandpa and his little girl, oh it’s just beginning. Looking forward to future posts of your sweet izzy as she grows…. they are just so special, those grand babies!

  16. Littlesundog Says:

    Aw, such sweetness. My dad was a mechanic and your description of Randy’s work and his hands reminds me of my own fondness for the smell of oil and grease. Perhaps Isabelle will love the smell of Grandpa – it’s a unique scent after all! 😀

  17. Awe!!! So sweet. Nothing like a man with a newborn baby

  18. Sue Ready Says:

    What a lovely tribute to your husband. It was a very sweet and moving written piece with few words but your photos said it all. . .

    • Thank you. I also just wrote a poem about Randy, inspired by a photo that’s part of the Image and the Word exhibit at the Emmy Frentz Gallery in Mankato. The opening reception was last evening. I have four poems in the show.

  19. Dee Bjork Says:

    Audrey, it makes me cry it is so beautful.

  20. Beth Ann Says:

    Finally getting around to leaving comments—I had read your posts but hadn’t had time to leave comments. This is my favorite post this week , of course. Beautiful pictures and beautiful moments captured. She is such a precious little bundle and Randy’s love shines in all of these pictures. Great job capturing those moments forever.

  21. Rosalie Quale Says:

    Wonderful post Audrey, it brought a tear to my eye. My big brother always had a soft spot for his kids, he’ll give little Izzy lots of love. Great photos, can’t wait until we get to experience as well. It was great to see you all for a short time that day.

  22. Carol King Says:

    The photo of the hands is beautiful, amazing. It’s trust, love, security without a word being spoken. Thank you for sharing!


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