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He Ended Up In the Next Hospital Bed
The driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. For some reason his van drifted off the freeway and rolled over in the grassy median. He was seriously injured.
Suddenly life changed. Gone was the excitement of a challenging career on the front-lines of emergency medical response.
Here daily were on-going headaches and dizziness, with some memory loss. He was unable to function in the crowded or noisy environments that he had thrived in before.
What would fill the void in his life?
That paramedic was me.
In the years after the accident, our three married sons and one married daughter began to expand their families.
I decided to deepen my relationship with my growing family of grandchildren.
Right now there are 13.
I still find it hard sometimes to be around a busy family gathering. Even with the children usually well-behaved, even the noise of multiple conversations can be overwhelming. I can find it hard to focus on the conversation I am trying to have with ONE family member.
I try to enjoy these family times when we are all together. But sometimes it's hard.
What I HAVE found is that I can enjoy one-on-one time with each grandchild.
My aim is to take one grandchild out each week for "a walk with grandpa". We go for a walk to a special park by a river, then go for ice-cream or a snack.
The closeness that has grown between me and each grandchild is something special.
The times we enjoy together are fun, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious.
There is a special bond of love between this grandpa and each of them.
My wife and I also enjoy looking after different ones together to give our married kids a break. They appreciate being able to escape for an occasional evening out, knowing their children are safe and happy with Grandpa and Grandma.
Why not tell the stories!tories!
I have started to write about some of the times I share with my grandchildren.
The fun times. The activities. The challenges. My thoughts on what it means.
I have decided to call these stories "Days in the Life of a Grandpa".
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What is it all about? Believing that a grandpa can make a difference in the life of his grandchildren. That grandchildren can fill a life with meaning and joy. And that together a grandpa and his grandchildren can share adventures and special times that will leave memories of joy and love imprinted in their minds as an anchor for all times.