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My dad died in 2002, and I don't have any kids, so Fathers Day, other than as a time for some introspection, has diminished in value for me over the years.

Today, however, my mother, one of my brothers, and I had a unique experience....we had brunch with my nephew and his wife and their four month old daughter.  The nephew and family live in the Chicago area, and were passing through our neck of the woods on their way home.  We met up in the city to the south of us.

This was the first time my mother had seen her first great grandchild.  I know she was very pleased.  My brother and I were pretty psyched too...we now are great-uncles.

It struck me, as we sat there eating and visiting, that Fathers Day rolls on....the players come and go, but Fathers Day rolls on.  We were celebrating Fathers Day again,.......its just that we were in new roles.  It was the first edition of a new father-child team, and we were there to be part of it.

I left the restaurant with a nice feeling.

 

 A grandma with her grandson and great grand daughter.

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Comment by Northport Newbie on June 29, 2011 at 9:52pm
You hit it right on, Stir! A friend of mine asked me shortly before Fathers Day if I was going to drive by where we scattered my dad's ashes. She was being very melodramatic about it. I had to admit that I hadn't even thought of him when I realized the day was coming. I thought about how I needed to hurry to get a card to my son (father of my 3 adored grandchildren), or at least be sure to call him. I felt good about that, too. Life goes on, I was focusing on that, and very proud of the father my son has become.
Comment by caseyjo on June 21, 2011 at 5:46pm
Very nice story Stir.....I became a great aunt for the second time June 13th My brother who is in jail's daughter had a little boy...I saw his pics for the first time a few days before fathers day..It was great..My bro gets out of jail July 4th after 2 years (he gets drunk & does dumb stuff, but hes been doing it for so many years he goes to jail for longer periods & those violations really do a #...I hope this time around when he sees his daughter with the little baby he will change his ways..This is the season for changing....
Nice looking familyyou have & the baby is beautiful...just beautiful.
Comment by realteal on June 21, 2011 at 2:07pm

Thanks Stir; I enjoyed this blog.

My Dad has two great-grandchildren now and it's amazing to watch from my own elder statesperson's position. Just a step away from eldest....yikes.

Comment by D. D. Olson on June 20, 2011 at 7:54am

So true - it rolls on.  It's a new experience to become the "Elder Statepeople" of the family.  

 

 

Comment by CWO3ROBBIE on June 19, 2011 at 8:18pm
I enjoyed reading this. We all play a part in the human experience.

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