My grandchildren always put a smile on my face whenever I see them. Being a grandpa is just so cool, I have six grandchildren, three girls and three boys, the oldest is 10 and the youngest is 8 months. And I’m hoping for more in the future.
One of my favorite moments of being a grandpa is going to their house and opening the door and hear them come running to the door and yelling GRANDPA IS HERE!! And jump into my arms and give me kisses and hugs, all of them do that and every time. So that’s why they always put a smile on my face. And it works the same way when they come to my house, they run right by grandma (grandma is use to it by now…haha) and run as fast as they can and jump into my arms and shout GRANDPA! I love that when that happens and I pray as they grow older they continue to do that. It’s a special moment I cherish.
And that brings me to my Grandpa Raymo, who I loved very much and remember doing the same thing even when I was a teenager, we were huggers. I loved going to New Richland Minnesota and going to the farm and spending time with Grandpa and Grandma Raymo. Grandpa taught me how to drive a car, how to drive a tractor, and shoot a shotgun. He gave me advice, he wrote a letter when I was a teenager telling me how much he loved me, I have that letter in my Bible.
He was very funny, we laughed a lot together. I can never remember my grandpa angry or say a bad word about anyone. He was so much fun to be around. You know what else is special about my Grandpa Raymo? He wore Old Spice cologne, and to this day it’s my favorite cologne, whenever I see Old Spice or smell Old Spice, I think of grandpa. It’s been 40 some years since he died and I still miss him very much and think about him often.
So when I’m with my grandchildren, I want to be the best grandpa ever and create memories that they will cherish after I’m long gone.