Last month, I wrote up a blog post on turning 40. You can read it HERE if you missed it. I was very touched by an email HandyGramps sent to me in response to that post. With his permission, I am posting it here for you to read.
"As I approach 70 (2 years, 43 days from now!) I look back on a life that took so many twists and turns -- mostly away from the directions I had planned on -- I see a lot of both failures and successes. Many of those successes were things I had never dreamed of, such as being a deacon, being published, and having 9 grandchildren (my greatest success, next to having a wonderful wife and two marvelous daughters -- which, of course, contributed greatly to that particular success). Looking at where I am now in life, the many failures do not seem so terribly important.
Thanks, HandyGramps! I credit many of my life's successes to the tender loving care of you & HelpfulGrammy. You've set wonderful examples for Momto5Boys & me.