“Grandpa”

January 21, 2011

I found out today I’m going to be a grandpa. No, it’s not T.J. Or the girls. It’s actually my fourth “daughter.” In 1998, Caroline and I “adopted” a family. Single mom raising three teenagers on a fixed income. Dad wasn’t around. What was originally going to be a Christmas presents offering  turned out to be a 12 year (and counting) relationship with this family. The oldest daughter, Keisha, who was just 16 when we met her, is now 28. Married with a great career, she phoned me today to tell me the great news. She’s pregnant. I answered the phone to, “hey Papa Jon” (a joke she for some reason finds funny). Great news. You’re going to be a “grandpa”. I’m eating for two.” 🙂 I don’t see her as often as I’d like. After she graduated, she moved up to Atlanta. She worked her way through college, and she made a stable life for herself. I get e-mails and phone calls a couple times a week. The relationship we have with that family has been incredible, and I’m sure Caroline is smiling at the news today.

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2 Responses to ““Grandpa””

  1. Sue said

    And you said you aren’t ready to be a Grandpapa. Nice news. Congratulations!

  2. Tonya said

    And you can hold that baby any time you want!

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