Friday, July 28, 2006
Common Beginnings. . .Different Outcomes
The gift of grandchildren changes your life!
What an understatement of the first order!
My oldest grandson called me yesterday morning before I left the house. He is two.
"Grandad? Hi!," he began.
"Hi, Wyatt!," I exclaimed, so very glad to hear him.
Our conversation went on about "Bob the Builder," a tumble he had taken off the slide, and other important matters, until his big sister wrestled the phone away from him to have her turn.
What a way to start the day! They are amazing and even more precious.
They remind me of lots of important things.
They also reveal new truth.
Like this one: Everyone starts out like Gracie, Wyatt and Owen.
We all came into life as babies.
All of us.
Every homeless person you meet on the street has baby pictures, or has had, somewhere.
With some important, serious and notable exceptions, the beginnings are basically the same for most of us. It's the "in between" that gets us off track.
Something to remember, I think.
Today we travel back to Austin to appear one last time before the Governing Board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in our quest for an award of low-income, housing tax credits from the state.
If we are successful, the award will mean our plans to develop City Walk @ Akard in Downtown Dallas will go forward. The project will provide 200 units of housing for low-income working persons, including a 50-unit set aside for formerly homeless persons.
Please remember us.