I take pride in being a good father and grandfather. I’ve always tried to stay firm, but fun, and I think that I’ve developed good relationships with all of them. When I was a young father, it was a much easier task to entertain my kids than it seems to be now. I remember some of the best times we had was going to Stone Mountain Park and seeing how far we could fly out balsa wood planes. That would consume hours, and we would love it. These days, I just don’t know what to do with my grandkids. The three-year-old can use my iPad and iPhone better than I can. When my kids were growing up, it was viewed as a privilege when they were deemed old and responsible enough to use the rotary phone.
In spite of our rather large generational gap, I still find ways to spend quality, fun time with the grandkids. It wasn’t always easy finding things that all of the kids could do given their age differences, but now that they don’t require as much maintenance there are a lot of things we enjoy. We go fishing at the pond, go to the movies (even though I usually fall asleep and 3D gives me headaches), play mini golf and grill pizzas on the Big Green Egg. The kids look forward to spending the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa, and I love that.
We recently got news that our son and his wife were expecting (…again). While I’m overjoyed at welcoming another youngin’ to the family, I’m also nervous about my grandparenting skills these days. I know how to handle the pre-teens, but I just don’t know if I can handle all of the things that the baby will require… I’m certainly not a young buck anymore. I’m sure confidence will grow as soon as I hold the baby boy (finger crossed) in my arms for the first time.
I found this video below on my Facebook feed, and thought I’d share it. Initially, I clicked on the video because I’m a sucker for a big truck with a suspension lift, huge tires, and a powerful V8 engine cranking out tons of torque. It makes me miss all of those Chevy & Ford trucks from my past… but I digress. It’s actually what comes out from under the truck that makes this video so entertaining. This inventive caretaker hitched a small rolling baby chair to a surprisingly powerful RC truck, and the results are pretty awesome. I can’t wait to start on a similar project. Now, personally, I wouldn’t drive that thing anywhere near a street with cars on it and I would probably find a way to support the baby’s neck more, but this is pretty sweet.