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Sincere Apologies to All Grandparents - 9
06/29/05     Dr. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
Dear Fellow MHS'ers,

I would like to sincerely apologize to all of you grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers who, down through the years, tried your level best to tell me how truly great your grandchildren really are.

You were so caught up in relaying to me the latest doings and "hijinks" of those little folks that you probably didn't even notice me suppressing a yawn, rolling my eyes, checking my watch, or displaying other annoying little mannerisms. Worst of all, this was done as you were faithfully and diligently sharing with me about the marvelous little prince or princess in your family who had just "discovered America," and had become the absolute love of your life.

Please don't misunderstand me: I wasn't being antagonistic or hostile. I was just exhibiting a touch of skepticism at your enthusiastic and excited claims about the little tykes. I am the father of two perfectly wonderful children of my own, and they both were quite terrific as they grew up. However, there seemed to be a "disconnect" betweeen reality and what you good folks were describing to me about your grandbabies. It just always sounded too good to be true.

Then a few weeks ago my daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Darrell Tipton, presented us with our first grandchild, Timothy -- truly a gift from the Lord. Suddenly the scales fell from my eyes. Your glowing reports had been ANYTHING BUT an exaggeration. As the Queen of Sheba discovered, " The half had not been told me."

Timothy's first day home from the hospital was a fresh revelation to this new granddad. I went to his house and held him in my arms. When it was time to leave, I went to the door, but Timothy, like a powerful little magnet, drew me back. He had me spellbound. There were many things I needed to do, but it took a couple of attempts before I could clear the doorway to leave. Friends, you can readily see that I am hooked by this adorable little guy.

Actually, there are many milestones in our lives that no one can adequately describe to us. We must find out some things for ourselves. Getting saved by the grace of God involves heeding what the Psalmist declares when he says, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good."

Becoming a grandparent is definitely one of those great chapters we must personally experience to fully appreciate. Now I understand why so many folks place a tag on their car, or wear a goofy hat that reads, "LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY GRANDCHILDREN."

So again, to all of you who are affectionately known as Granny, Paw Paw, Meemaw, Pappy, or any of a hundred other such priceless titles, please accept the sincere apologies of one of North Carolina's newest, "rookie" grandfathers. YOU WERE 100 PERCENT CORRECT ALL ALONG.

Oh, yes, next time we meet, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY GRANDBABY! I promise that I will be much more prepared this time for you to tell me about yours.

With warmest Christian regards,

David Sparks Class of '62
06/29/05     Danny Ogle  (1969)      mavahi69@hotmail.com
Re: Sincere Apologies to All Grandparents
Your are right David. You don't understand until you have one of your own. Wait a few months and he will take over your life. My is 22 months now and I get her every chance I get. There is nothing on earth more precious.

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