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October 3, 2012

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Anyone who is a grandparent knows what I am talking about. Everyone takes raising their kids seriously, but it is such hard work that the years usually go whizzing by. When you become a grandparent, it suddenly hits you that time is precious and you need to make the most of it. I think it is that lethal combination of your own mortality mixed with the strong desire to leave a legacy your kids and grandkids can be proud of, and I am pretty sure everyone goes through it to some extent.

I am an egomaniac by trade, and that is a very busy full-time job. When it comes to your kids, you put the ego aside and you do what you need to do to make sure that they become healthy and well-adjusted adults. But when you are on the verge of becoming a grandparent, something clicks in you that reverts you back to those days when you didn’t have a care in the world.

You become that element that shows your grandchildren what it means to get the most out of life. You have to be that element because your kids will be too busy chasing the little monsters around.

The point at which you become a grandparent is when you finally get to see if you were a good parent or not. Raising kids is hard and you don’t have a lot of time to think about things, you only have time to react. It is how you react to the things your kids do which determines what kind of person you are. When you watch your kids react to their kids, then you finally get to see whether or not you created a well-adjusted adult.

These musings are just the things I have been thinking about lately as the blessed day gets closer. As I have mentioned before, going through the stages of life helps you to appreciate the sacrifices your parents made when you were younger. You never really know how truly wonderful your parents are until you become a parent yourself. I realized that a long time ago, and I have already apologized to my mom profusely.

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