Hell of a Guy
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Blue Moon Gift for Me


This day has brought me a new grandchild.  Henry David Hertzler was born today in Richmond, Virginia.  At 1:15pm the 8 lb. 13 oz. this bouncing baby boy entered this world as a one-foot, eight-inch future running back or baseball star, or maybe even a famous novelist, or, perhaps, President of the United States.  Maybe he will just be what he will be, and that’s okay, too! 

Henry David and his dad

This is the sixth grandchild for The Nancy and me, two of my own and four that I claim as mine.  I love to complain about what a pain grandchildren can be, but…  Let’s keep this our little secret?  They really are neat little creatures.  I love them all.  I love to be with them.  I love to watch them grow and learn.  I love the sparkle in their eyes.  And I really love it when they crawl up in my lap.  Now I get to do it with another one.

The God of All Things has granted us the thrill of having grandchildren.  It is our responsibility to nurture them and lend assistance to their parents as the children grow.  There are no classes on parenting, no education available on being a parent or a grandparent.  None of us had the opportunity as a kid to learn how to be a mom or dad or grandmother or grandfather.  It’s all OJT (On the Job Training).  It is one of the things that makes kids so wonderful, we get to grow up together – no manual, no textbooks.  It is part of the plan, and that is why it works.

This past summer this family lost a young man in a terrible accident.  He was the only grandson of my daughter’s grandfather.  I am so very happy for him to have Henry David as his great grandchild.  Henry David won’t take the hurt away, but maybe, just maybe he will ease the pain of the loss.

I will get to see this wonder of nature on Saturday.  I will take a thousand or so photographs.  I have already decided to take him a football, a baseball, a ream of paper, a list of leading universities with the best political science programs, and me – a tearful old softy with a huge smile on his face.

“Once in a Blue Moon” is a saying we use to indicate something is special and unique.  January 2007 is a Blue Moon month.  We will have two full moon cycles this month.  Today, in addition to the birth of Henry David, referred as to “Hank” by his mother, is the fortieth birthday of my daughter Michelle. This is truly a special Blue Moon, red letter day for me.  I got a new hell of a little guy and a hell of a daughter, too!

All that is all I have to say about that…for now!   

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