I love writing and engaging on this platform. It helps keep me sane and chilled out in a world that is crazy and on fire far too much of the time. But life came at me fast and hard from three directions in the last few weeks and sucked the creative juices right out of me. So to my friends and colleagues who enjoy reading and engaging me on what I write as much as I enjoy writing it, I appreciate the grace and space I have needed during this brief time-out. Luckily, all three of these life hits have been high fives this time. Allow me to re-enter the game by sharing the highlights of the last few weeks.
Hit #1- I have always thought I was a sexy man, but becoming a grandfather has, temporarily, zapped me of any such vanity. I refuse any of the trendy new-age nicknames for men who are the fathers of children who have had children. With all due respect to the Pop-pops and Pappys and Paw-paws in the world, I dove into my new identity as “Grandpa Dave” and I do not care how many sexy points I surrender. It’s about my son’s daughter now. She is the star of the show and I am formally and finally in the supporting cast. And I could not possibly be cooler with that.
I have never been anywhere near as beautiful as this baby girl is. All I want is to see and hold this child, who my son saw fit to bless with my dearly departed mother’s name. This feeling is unreal. It’s like all the love that has ever existed in this world is fighting to force its way into my head and my heart at the same time. And because of that I feel good all over. I can’t get this stupid smile off my face and look serious on these never-ending work teleconferences. This baby makes me feel like I’m floating. And that makes it hard to write on the heavy subjects I am prone to tackling. But I’ll be back, friends. Just let me hold this little girl another day or two.
Hit #2- Of course when the baby came, I had to take my son and his girlfriend’s dog Hank into my home for a while so they can focus on the baby and get themselves settled. Hank is pretty scary looking to most people because of his jet-black coat, size and mixed breeding, but being a brother in…