She’s been on a British food kick lately, so Barbra Streisand marked her 77th birthday on April 24 at a party with her loved ones that featured English pastries, shepherd’s pie and Yorkshire pudding. But the sweetest treat in Barbra’s life these days is her granddaughter, Westlyn. “What’s truly important … life and love,” Barbra captioned a pic of the baby’s hands and feet via Instagram on Christmas Eve.
Even before Westlyn was born to Barbra’s stepson Josh Brolin and his wife, Kathryn Boyd, the iconic singer was ready to be a grandmother. “My wife got Barbra a bracelet that said ‘Grandma’ on it and she started crying,” Josh previously revealed to People. “She is really into it, and I love that she is into it. I mean, it’s like a very typical Jewish grandmother who is saturated by this event. It’s awesome.”
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Mozart Requiem. Sequenz (Amen). Her in my arms, in my hands, lifted from below, resting forward her chin onto the soft, smile between my thumb and index finger. Her hair wild as if she has written a requiem of her own. We lift and slowly descend with the choir, then lift again with the violins, fluctuating slightly upwardly. They start to affect the cells and cries become slow whimpers and the music permeates, settling her into a trance that only the greatest written music can. It corrals you, takes you by the hand, and pulls you through a sweet breath into the throat of a heaven made of panda whispers and stuffed animal gosling. It renders you weightless and allows you to grab on to Jonathon Seagull’s wing for a moment until the Mach descent frightens you too much, so you drift onto another bar of celestial rhythms until, again, it lifts you closer and closer to the moon. You see wildernesses below as they were, going about their businesses, but there you are orbiting them at a cleft’s speed only to settle when the violin’s bow brushes with its last hair and you realize there is no wind. Your eyes are open, a slight breath coming into and from your minute nostrils, while you stare at Carl, your angel friend who comes with you wherever you go, and you see him, again, wooing you, maybe even doing a backflip with his little wings and you slightly startle out of your reverie and you smile a smile only a baby can; it is a smile that, from the pain of childbirth, can only be reached having touched something that we will seek to touch again and again for the rest of our lives.
Now that Westlyn has arrived, she’s made Barbra’s life better. “The minute a kid comes into the room, she just changes as a person, she falls apart,” husband James Brolin, 78, has said, who also has two grown grandchildren from previous marriages. “She is persnickety. ‘Who put those flowers there? You moved that — that’s supposed to be on the table right there.’ The minute a kid comes in, all of that just goes out the window, and it’s really fabulous to see somebody disarmed.”
Barbra has always believed that family comes first. She previously told Parade, “it’s more important than business.” That’s clearly the case with Westlyn. “She spoils the baby completely,” an insider exclusively tells Closer Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “She buys gifts online from all over the world. It’s kind of out of control, but cute. She loves babies, and she treasures Westlyn.” No doubt that feeling will remain evergreen.
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