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This Oma is in Love

Last Saturday, October 27, 2018, we welcomed our newest little grandson, Robert Marshall Fleming to our family. It seems like yesterday his daddy, my son Steven, was born and my grandparents, Albert, and Rose Behnke, were welcoming their first great-grandson.

So now I am an Oma (German for grandmother) for the 3rd time. My mother used to have a sign in her office here at the nursery that said, “If I’d known grandchildren were so much fun, I’d have had them first” At the time I really did not get it but she would say: “Just you wait.” I have to say I totally get it now! My heart is so full and happy whenever I think of these children. And I know my friends that are in this wonderful club called Grandparents feel the same.

I can be sad or upset about something going on and my grandchildren stop in and life suddenly gets so much brighter. You can just sit down and play with them, giving them all the time in the world. Robert’s two cousins, Aaron and Zoe are also very excited; as Zoe puts it, she can’t wait to play with her baby cousin. I know that Aaron will be right there showing Robert everything he needs to know at Oma’s and Granddad’s house. How to give ‘The Look’ when you really just need one more snack. How to get the toys out and help put them away. He is such a wonderful big brother to Zoe that I know he will be a terrific big cousin to Robert.

Over the last few months, while we waited to meet him, I could not help but wonder what his personality would be like. Then I held him and I knew! I knew that he was going to soar to the moon and beyond like his cousins. I knew that he was going to be so loved by his entire family which he is blessed with having an abundance of. While he is our 3rd grandson, he is the first grandchild for his other grandparents. Watching my daughter in law’s mother, Katie, just beam with excitement, I understood that even though he is my 3rd the excitement is there all the same. I am dreaming of baking cookies with him and wondering will he have the beautiful voice like his father? Will he dance and sing like his mother? Will he teach himself to play the piano like my brother and my son did? Will he learn to love nature and plants like his great great grandfather did? Maybe he will love the theater like my mother and his daddy and mother do.  Maybe sports will be something he will want to explore like his granddad (my husband).  Or will he solve all the problems of the world? Whatever this little bundle of joy does it is fine with us. Welcome to the world sweetheart, your Oma loves you.

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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