I've enjoyed the privilege of hanging around some friends and family who are already grandparents and all of them have shared their wisdom. The one common thread is the overwhelming sense of joy they get from the relationship with their grandchildren. Almost all of them say they love their kids, but the love for their grandchildren is on a whole other level. My brother Curtis once said, "If I knew the grand-kids were going to be this much fun, I would have had them first!"
One thing I've learned is that a grandparent's promise to a grandchild is never broken. Ever. It just doesn't happen. It's almost a natural law of the universe. That whole "stick a thousand needles in my eye" isn't even necessary. Grandparents ALWAYS keep their promises.
From my own experience, I've learned that grandparents rarely say, "we'll see" or "maybe." Their responses are much more definitive and almost always in the positive. I think this is one of the privileges that comes with the title and role. Grandparents just make things happen. They just do.
So we'll take this one on together... and I'm looking forward to the commitment and challenge.