And Then There Would Be Six!

Big Brother - Sawyer

It was during a great week of vacation in July when the message came. Cindy and I were hosting the families of two of my children, Ryan and Megan, at our lake house in Chelan. It was an especially good week because along with their parents, we were blessed by having four of our five grandchildren visiting at the same time. Only Sawyer was unable to be there – something that we vowed we would try to make possible during another summer in the not too distant future.

I remember that we were getting ready for breakfast and having conversations about what was in store for us later in the day. We were having a great time playing, visiting, and playing some more. Then I felt my phone vibrate – the signal that a new text message had arrived. It was from my son David and along with his message came a picture. A picture that told the whole story!

 July 19, 2012 - 8:54 AM - Cell David  
"Coming early March to Denver! (PS: Early news so please no Facebook)"

Oh do my son and daughter-in-law know me or what? I wonder if they really understood how hard that seemingly simple request would be for me to honor. They’d given me privileged information that was mine to know but not to share. Until today.

It could have been any Monday. A day when a new week begins, a meeting with executive colleagues takes place, messages are replied to, agreements are authorized and all the rest of the usual routine. It was all of that…until, during an afternoon break, I looked at my Facebook messages. There was that picture again. The same one that I'd saved on my cell phone for a month and a day. Finally, David and Maegan were letting Sawyer tell all their friends and family that he was going to be a big brother.  How cool is that!

The first trimester is behind them and Dave and Maegan are excited to be preparing for a new arrival in the Denver Brooks family. An arrival that will be my sixth grandchild. 

You can probably tell that I’m excited about the news too.

Turns out that it’s a pretty great job being a grandpa.

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