Friday, July 06, 2007

My Granddaughter's Birthday

Today is Chloe's birthday. She is three years old! Below is what I wrote on the day she was born. It was her birth that got me started on sharing personal thoughts, experiences, and meditations. If you have enjoyed my daily thoughts for any part of the last three years, you can thank her. Her birth and life have been a major inspiration to me. It's almost like I can't remember the fifty three years of my life that existed before her arrival. She has rejuvenated me and given me a new and fresh view of life. I believe she arrived just when God thought I needed her. Before she was born I was tired and sometimes weary of my life. The daily grind was wearing me down because sometimes in life you feel like you are just going through the motions. Through her I have been renewed and life now often seems new and fresh. Interacting with her has caused me to look at life through the eyes of a child instead of the tired eyes of an adult. If you can't tell by now, I am not only wild about Chloe, I am grateful for her existence. I hope that we always have the loving and close relationship that we now have. I am confident that we will and I look forward to watching her grow up. Often in life I tend to follow the philosophy of "Why stand up when I can sit down"? May Chloe continue to challenge me and say, "Pa Paw! Get up! Play with me!"

We received a telephone call from my son last night informing my wife and me that our daughter in law was starting her labor. We received additional calls as things progressed. At some point my wife advised them to go to the hospital. This morning we headed to the hospital to join them and wait for the birth of my first grandchild. All went well and now I am the proud grandfather of a beautiful baby girl named Chloe Nicole Brown. I am so proud and happy. She weighed approximately 6 ½ pounds. She has all her fingers and toes and by all accounts is healthy. I was able to hold her shortly after her birth. She seemed so small and fragile. It has been a long time since I held a newborn child. I am thrilled to be a grandfather but am also in some disbelief that I have reached this stage of life.

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