My son is in the Air Force and is stationed in California finishing his masters and learning how to become a test pilot. He and his wife also blessed us with a grandson that will be 2 on 12/12. I will be visiting them next week to celebrate his birthday, Christmas and my son's birthday (12/28).
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become a grandparent and after my heart attack two years ago, really thankful that God allowed me to live to see my son turn out so well and to see my grandson. Last month I wrote my grandson his first letter and asked him what he wanted for his birthday, Christmas etc. (I should note at this point that both sets of grandparents are divorced, only have one child each and this was all four of ours first grandchild, so you can guess that the first Christmas/birthday our grandson got almost too much stuff). I reflected on how my grandfather who lived far away when I was growing up use to write me letters.
Well my son has made it his mission in life to bring me and his mother into the 21st century in terms of communications. He prefers e-mail to "snail mail". He purchased his mom and I our first home computer 2 years ago not because we needed one, but because it was easier to send stuff and pictures.
So I am waiting and waiting for the mailman everyday to get my first letter from my grandson. Well today the UPS man came with a package from my grandson. Enclosed was a DVD that my son had made (that he sent to all the grandparents) with a "letter" (actually a scribble drawing, grandparents understand the significance of that) showing highlights of the our grandson's progress (including his first steps) and a request from the parents to have the grandparents equally contribute to a major item and also "limited us to a small gift under $25) and a deposit slip for an educational fund that our children has set up for him. Pretty smart heh !!!
The end of the DVD we were treated to a "song" from our grandson. And because my son is just like his Dad..the DVD was put to 60's Motown song by Steve Wonder"Nothing's To Good For My Baby" (got to love my son) (VBG)
Technology is wonderful. I am on my way to the framers to have Marcus's letter framed. My ex and I have decided that we will take him on a Disney Cruise for his 4th birthday and have invited the other set of grandparents to come with us. That should be really interesting (VBG)
So I guess this is a good segway for other grandparents to share their holiday stories about their grandchildren and how blessed we really are. For those of you that live close to your children and grandchildren you are doubly blessed