It’s Christmas Morning as, I look back at 2017. I prayed giving thanks to God for a good year. That good year was brought forward as my wife’s annual get together for our family each Christmas. I call it her get together because she requests that everybody – our sons, their wives, children, and loved ones, to come together for our annual celebration of Jesus’ birthday. The younger family members are asked to read the Bible portray of the birth of Jesus.
Everyone gets to see each other and share how their lives have been through the year. In a sense, for my wife and I, it is a review to the question of have we done a good job of raising our children. The answer is a resounding “yes”. We produced three sons. They have produced seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. All of them continue to make us proud.
Our musician son is celebrating more than twenty ﬁve years as an independent music man who gets a chance to make people’s lives happy with his performances across the country. He laments about the inevitable slow periods and the lack of bookings in our hometown. In the meantime he is off to Christmas appearances in a local beach town and to San Diego.
I suggest that the next time you plan a party graduation or other event locally that you get in touch with brother Yusef. He will help you get in touch with your musical history and have you smiling, tapping your toe and clapping your hands. You can ﬁnd him on-line. Also, request that he bring along some of his CD’s so you can enjoy the sounds after the event.
His two children are carrying on the tradition of a good life’s example with a daughter who’s graduated from college and has given birth to our ﬁrst great granddaughter who is our pride and joy. Of course, this child is a show stopper. When she shows up everything stops to focus on her.
Our more conservative middle son who works in law enforcement is celebrating nearly twenty-ﬁve years of marriage to his beautiful wife who is an educator. They have amassed a ranch style of life, complete with an acre of land where they built their house. Their three children include a pre-med college student who is graduating early, an amazing son studying engineering, and younger son who continues to amaze us with his brightness, wit and smartness. During his visit, after a few tries, I beat him in a game of Connect Four. He doesn’t like losing. He pouts. His uncle told him that he needed to take a lesson from losing and focus on what it teaches him. I guess he got it. At least it made him concentrate more. He won after that.
With these set of grandchildren, they have the grandparents on their mother’s sides providing good examples of life and success. Their maternal grandmother is a retired teacher and successful entrepreneur who owned her own school prior to her retirement. Their maternal grandfather is a retired engineer. They enjoy traveling the country and cruising around the world. This year the whole family took a cruise to the Caribbean, courtesy of their maternal grandparents for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Wow!