A New Life for The General
Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
50Trip End Mar 01, 2011
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A few times in all of our lives there is something that has a very profound meaning and makes us sit back and think about all the things that have kept us going, forging ahead good times and bad. This for me is a very small list. It starts with the best day of my life when Gail said she would become my wife. Next most assuredly is the birth of both my children.
My children have kept me going during some of the darkest days in my life. On even the worst of days I could always count on both of them to make the day a bit better. They did not have to always be there with me for they are always with me in mind and spirit. Just thinking of some of the life adventures both good or bad or something as stupid as Bonnie folding up her lip and talking to me face to face and not laughing makes things right. The memories run the gamut, ranging from broken bones, proms, fights, and getting homework done without yelling or hurting someone. Our lives have been full of laughs as we all have lived the live version of "I Love Lucy", me being Desi and Gail as Lucy. Just ask anyone who knows us and they will agree.
Through the years we have added a few new members to the family. Bonnie married Charlie and Kristin has Dan. Both are good men and I am at ease knowing my girls will be well taken care of. Now, as the cycle of life continues, we will be blessed with yet another addition to our family and my list. Our Kristin is having a baby.
As I was told the news of our newest member many things started to race around in my head. Of course, all the usual worries were there. Will the baby be healthy? Will Kristin be OK? Will I be a good Grandfather? Only time will tell.
Kristin had invited Gail and me to go to the Doctor with her to see the baby hanging out inside her belly. All the while I fought going saying that this was “woman” business and I had no business there. I was not ready to be in the room with my Daughter half naked being probed by some Tech. On the day of the test Gail informed me that Dan could not go and suggested if I knew what was good for me I would take her there. Off we went to meet Kristin at the hospital.
I was still acting the part of the tuff guy right up to the point that that ultrasound thing hit Kristin's belly. There, right there on the screen was our baby. Moving all around and kicking and swinging, rolling around from side to side. I was hooked! There before me was the most perfect thing in the world. The only truly innocent and perfect thing in my life was alive and well. She had no stories to tell. No debts, complaints, or worries. Simply perfect!
As the test went on I got to see all her fingers and toes, arms and legs, and at one point I could swear she rolled over to MOON us all, like telling us “enough already, let me sleep”!
Now that I have seen my Grand Daughter I decide that I did not want to be just another “pop-pop”. I needed a handle that would be worthy of both myself and my Grand Daughter. I want her to call me and not have 5 guys turn around looking if it was them. I want her to know that when I am called I will be the only one answering. Something strong, something with style. I need something that will assure her that I will be there to lead her through life, good or bad. Then it hit me. I got it!
I have chosen to be called “The General”. Others can be a Pop-Pop, Grand Pa, or any of the hundreds of names we are called, all of them good but not for me. The General says it all. She will know who to turn to for help. Who will protect her when her Dad is not around and give her everything she will need in life. Yup, that’s it, The General says it all. Think of it. When she is older and a friend asks where she is going and she answers “I’m going to The Generals House”, or when asked who gave her that perfect gift the answer will be”The General”. Or on the other hand when things are getting crazy and she is being less then good, Kristin can say “do you want me to call The General”. It’s perfect, just like her.
I am sure that Grammy Gail will spoil our Grand Daughter and I probably will also. We will have all that is needed for her to stay with us at any time. I will be getting a new tattoo celebrating her forever, and opening bank accounts just for her. I’m sure there will be other children to come but she is our first and always will be. The circle is getting bigger and so is Kristin’s belly. The General is getting ready.