This past week started by spending 12.5 hours with our nearly 5 month old grandson. Even though my wife and I were bone-tired after playing with our grandson like crazy fools nearly every minute of that entire time, it was still hard to say goodbye at the end of the day. Ten minutes later I was sleeping. The next day I was lonesome for him all over again.
A lot has been said and written about becoming a grandparent and the general theme is true – you cannot really explain it, you just have to experience it. Very grateful that we are close enough to pour into this grandchild every week and be an important part of his life.
At the end of the week, I was able to go downtown to see my son at his place of work and grab lunch with him. His excitement, energy, confidence, competence, and maturity were all evident to me and it was the highlight of my day. Tears of gratitude streamed down my face for most of my ride home that day.
These interactions with grandkids and adult kids are a good reminder that of all the things I can have going on in my intellectual engagement and giving back buckets that they are no replacement for the bookends of gratefulness I experienced in the past week.
A Boomer In Transition