Life After being laid up for a bit because of surgery, my wife Cheri will finally be back on her feet and ready to do some running this month. We’ve been training for obstacle courses and adventure vacations all winter (even in recovery, Cheri won’t sit still), but she hasn’t been able to run as she used to for the last few weeks. I’m really looking forward to having her back in the game because one of the biggest things on the agenda this year is spending more time with our grandsons, and I can’t wait to get started. Cheri and I have two kids, Miranda and Justin, and they each have one son. Watching those two boys grow up and become their own little people over the last decade has definitely been one of the highlights of my life. Considering they’re both only children around the same age who share the same blood, it’s amazing how different they’ve turned out! This month, I thought it was about time I introduced you to both of them. Jacob, Miranda’s boy, is 10 years old, and he’s pretty much been glued to my side since the day he was born. When he was a baby, Miranda was working in our pizza parlor, so he was more or less raised there, hanging out with me and Cheri while she waited tables. Jacob is a real adventurer — there’s always some kind of excitement going on in his life. After Thanksgiving, we took him with us on a hiking trip to Nevada, and he decided he wanted to go bouldering. Before long, he was climbing up 25- and 30-foot chunks of mountain, just having the time of his life. When we’re home, Jacob is really into helping me out. He loves to come over to the Lynnpro shop and “work” for 20 minutes. Although, sometimes, he’ll get really into helping one of our team members with something and actually stay around for an hour pulling T-shirts off the line.
THE PERKS OF BEING GRANDPARENTS
Damien, Justin’s son, is a totally different guy. Where Jacob is talkative and outgoing, Damien is quiet and reserved. He’s 11, but he’s a big kid — 5 feet, 10 inches tall and size 10.5 in shoes. When it comes to getting out and doing things, Damien is a bit of a homebody. He likes to mull over all of his options instead of jumping in with both feet as Jacob does. If I ask the pair of them to do something, Jacob will dive in, but Damien might say, “Let me think about it.” We only see him a few times a month because he’s usually busy with his own hobbies. One thing Damien really loves is music, particularly the band OneRepublic. Because he’s the quiet type, I didn’t realize this until I heard him playing their music one day and asked him about it. When he told me how much he loved the band, I offered to take him to a concert, just like Cheri and I take Jacob hiking.
I kept an eye on OneRepublic’s schedule for a long time before anything popped up, but just before Christmas, I snagged tickets for the three of us to see them in Notre Dame, Indiana, this April. Damien was so excited, and I can already tell that concert is going to be one of the highlights of my spring. At the end of the day, there’s nothing quite like being a grandpa. As different as my grandsons are — and as cranky as they can sometimes be — I love them both and can’t wait to watch them grow up. If you have kids or grandkids of your own, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Time is limited, so let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
“As different as my grandsons are — and as cranky as they can sometimes be — I love them both and can’t wait to watch them grow up.”
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