Yesterday was my birthday. 36.
My father-in-law and his wife left town on Saturday, returning to Florida. They visited us for a week and I have to say, it was a pleasant visit. Our daughter rolled out the red carpet, charming them from day one.
I got to thinking about my own grandparents during this time. I had one set of grandparents I knew really well. Unfortunately, my father’s dad passed away before I was born. His wife remained in southern California so I only saw her a time or two. Enter my other grandfather. My mom’s father, Charlie, was a great guy and a tremendous role model for me. I looked up to him something fierce. I believe much of his personality survives inside me today. There were times in my life when I felt overshadowed by all my siblings, but my grandpa did his best to make me feel extra special. It’s a rare treat and something I will remember fondly about him for as long as I live.
Many of the fond memories were forged while staying at my grandparents house in Vancouver, Washington. I’d follow him around their house asking questions about the various things he’d do. I watched him fix his car, crush ice, arrange his tools, and other odd tasks. He endured my questions and not once do I recall him being short with me. Inquisitive I was, patient he was.
Now seeing my parents in the role of grandparents makes me ponder. I thought about how well my father-in-law and daughter were bonding during their week-long visit. It makes me sad to think he most likely won’t know her much past her teenage years. He’s doing his best to get back in shape and lead a healthier life, but my father-in-law is 67 years old. It would be wonderful to see them develop the type of relationship I cherished with my grandfather. There’s an outside chance he’ll move to Seattle with his wife. The thought of this happening pleases me very much.
I can expose my daughter to many things in life, but there’s something to be said for the impact of a grandparent. In two weeks we’ll get on a plane to see the other half of my wife’s family. More time for a proud dad to assess the role of the grandparents.
Today I am 36, hear me roar!