Word has gotten around -- at least among folks we know -- that early in 2014 Laura and I are going to be grandparents for the very first time.
I have been told by many that this is the very best of the best; that there is nothing that compares to being a grandparent. I, for one, have been concerned that I might not know how to be a grandparent. But I've also been excited at the possibilities.
Now we have it on good authority that our first grandbaby is to be a boy, which brings a whole new set of possibilities. I know, however, there are a few things I'll feel the need to teach Young Mr. Wettlaufer when he comes to visit.
I'll have to teach him about fishing. Every little boy needs to know how to tie a knot in a fishing line and how to put a worm on a hook. Later, I'll try to convince him that artificial lures are best, but that'll be a lesson for later on.
I'll have to teach him about hunting. I'm guessing he'll get plenty of that from his father and from his Uncle Jordan, but I think I'll still have a few valuable lessons to pass along. The tradition has been handed down through generations of Stewarts. It's just something he'll need to know.
I'll try to teach him to sing a song to help get through the day, and to not be afraid to stand up for what is right, and how to love home -- no matter where home might be. If I'm not too frail when he gets old enough, I might teach him how to sit in the saddle on a horse and how to scoot down the highway on a big ol' V-twin cruiser.
Of course, he'll need to learn to love the Lord and to study God's word, but I am confident he will learn that lesson from his father and mother. Adam can also teach him how to treat a lady and how to be a good husband and how to live a life of integrity. That is Adam's place and I'm sure he is up to the challenge. I'll be there to support him whenever he needs encouragement.
He'll also have to learn on his own how to live life with a song in his heart and how to give those around him a reason to smile. I have no doubt he inherit these traits from his mother. Bethany can make anyone smile just by saying hello.
I wish there was a way to teach the newest family member not to make the mistakes and bad decisions I've made in life, but I know that's a lesson he'll have to learn on his own. I just hope he'll know that as these lessons unfold and times get tough, I'll be there to help him through if he chooses to confide in me.
This just scratches the surface. I can't wait to see what else I can teach the youngster. I might even have to invent some things.