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October 3, 2012

ROOT: Turn, Turn, Turn

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Being middle-aged is that point in your life when you have a lot more memories to look back on than a future to look forward to. It’s okay to think that way, because that is just reality. It is funny how the phrase “I’ll tell you when you are older” is completely frustrating at age 17, but turns into sage wisdom at the age of 45.

When you are a young teenager, you rightfully feel like you have your whole life ahead of you. You also wonder what kinds of dreams and aspirations your parents and grandparents may have. When you become a parent, you understand the dreams and aspirations of parents, but you are still a little fuzzy on whether or not grandparents have dreams and aspirations.

As the out-of-control off-road vehicle that is my life careens off the beaten path and crashes into middle age, I get ready to find out just what kind of dreams and aspirations grandparents have. It won’t be long before I become that very thing that I looked up to my whole life. It won’t be long before my wife and I are grandparents.

I don’t think this is news. I believe I broke this one open a couple of months ago. But what is news to me is that I am preparing for some other major changes in my life to coincide with the arrival of my son’s first born.

Let me tell you from experience that grandparents do indeed have dreams and aspirations. In some cases, the arrival of that first grandchild marks a point where it feels like it is time to get serious about things. The dreams and aspirations I have now feel like they have a much stronger purpose than they have ever had before.

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