I was still beaming as a proud new grandpa when a package came in the mail that moved me to tears.
Before my father passed away, he gave me a small cardboard clothing box he had found. In it was a hand knitted baby sweater. My mother had passed away many years before, however, the memory of her constantly knitting and looking for new projects was still very vivid. I remember when she had a period of knitting baby clothes. Apparently, she was so pleased with the outcome of this little sweater that she put it away in hopes that one day I would make her a grandma! A bit of a pipe dream as it didn’t appear having kids was going to be in my future. I was not sure what to do with it I took it home.
Around that time my high school pal, long time bandmate, and business partner, James let me know that he and his lovely wife Dody were starting a family. My mother was always happy to see James and his brother John as we grew up together in Scarborough and was always excited to see them when they visited from whatever part of the world they were living in as we got older.
Knowing James and Dody as a couple, I knew they were going to be awesome parents. They would be a fitting tribute to my Mom’s little handmade legacy. I wrapped it up and sent it along. They ended up having two beautiful little girls over the next couple of years!
As luck would have it, although I didn’t have kids of my own, I did fall in love with an amazing woman, Julie, who along with her two incredible children invited me into their family! Watching Liam’s transformation from a sweet hearted elementary school boy to a genuinely kind and maturing high school student has been amazing! Seeing the beautiful and talented young lady, Kristen become a fearless force of nature and a woman as spirited and caring as her mother has been incredible.
Although I missed out being around them as babies, they have still made me feel every bit as loved and included as if I had been there.
When Kristen announced that she and her man Jason were about to give birth, they welcomed me to feel every part of the expectant Grandpa. It was an amazing lead up to a very special time.
It was only few days after young Fallon made his entry into this world that a delivery from California arrived.. In the package was a delightful congratulatory card on being a Grandfather and a gift of a beautiful new jumper and a handmaid knitted baby sweater. It happened to be the very same sweater that I had sent James and Dody over 12 years ago! They had apparently handed down most all of the baby clothes they had as their two girls grew up but decided to keep the sweater.
No one especially me, would have ever thought I would be a grandpa, thanks to two very thoughtful friends I was able to hand down the very sweater that little Fallon’s great grandma knitted!
And my goodness he’s adorable!