Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Next Up!


Wyatt James Toombs is my middle grandchild, my oldest grandson and a great little buddy!

I snapped this more than "close up" of him while the two of us were out back in my garage "buildin'" and "fixin" stuff.

I love these times with my grandchildren.

Of course, we had found the time to take a break or two for a cookie snack (note the condition of Wyatt's mouth--clear evidence of our mutual love of cookies!).

I'm not sure why, possibly it is my advancing age, but whenever I am with these amazing children, I think about two other things:

1) all of the other children and grandchildren of all the other parents and grandparents across the country and around the world, and

2) the future all of these children will face and with which they will have to deal.

Both thought tracks tend to sober me up.

No one has ever had sweeter, better, more wonderful grand kids than me! As soon as I feel or say something like that, I know that I've lost my crazy, grand dad mind again.

Weird how that works.

That assessment is both completely true, at least for me, and completely false, if I am talking to you and you are a grandparent too!

The grander truth is simply that every child is a treasure worthy of our best efforts at crafting a better and more wonderful world today.

The future is important because of the sacred nature of every life. People matter more than anything else.

What we do today, those battles we fight and those issues we address, will largely determine the kind of world our little ones inherit from us.

Wyatt, Gracie and, now, little Owen force these important thoughts on my heart, mind and soul.

Lots to live for here and out your way as well.
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Data needed: if you are reading this post, take a moment and respond with at least one word--the name of the city, town, state or nation where you live.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Houston!

Anonymous said...

Abilene, Texas

Frank Bellizzi said...

Larry, you're not completely nuts. He really is a good-lookin' boy. Enjoy those cookies! Oh, Amarillo, TX

Anonymous said...

Coppell, Texas

Anonymous said...

San Antonio, TX

Brice said...

Burbank, CA

Anonymous said...

Windsor, CT

Eric Livingston said...

Jackson, MS

Becky said...

Richardson, TX

Daniel Gray said...

Abilene, TX

John Greenan said...

Dallas, Texas

Anonymous said...

Middletown,New Jersey

B. Painter said...

Keller, TX

Anonymous said...

Waco, Tx

jocelyn said...

Dallas, TX

dmowen said...

Dallas,TX

jon said...

Madison, AL

Anonymous said...

Farmers Branch, TX

Justin said...

Nashville, TN

MommyHAM said...

Absolutely adorable!
Fort Collins, CO.

Anonymous said...

Searcy, AR

Ann said...

College Station, Tx

belinda said...

ROLL TIDE !
Athens, AL

Dave said...

Phoenix, AZ

RC said...

Memphis, TN

Anonymous said...

Dallas, Texas (but I wish I was in California!)

Charles said...

Austin, TX yee-haw!

Paul Bordine said...

Gresham, Oregon (That's OH-ree-gun) to you Texans.

Larry, you are an inspiration to me, every day. Thanks for taking the time every day to blog your journey, and teaching with your example.

jc said...

Hays, Kansas

Anonymous said...

Abilene

Char said...

Las Vegas, NV

Brett Keller said...

Searcy, AR

Greg said...

Montgomery, Al

Anonymous said...

Old East Dallas, baby

Larry Wishard said...

Larry Wishard, Denver.
I'm a grandad too. Loved the article.

JD said...

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Anonymous said...

Irving, Texas

Anonymous said...

Oklahoma City

Craig said...

Richardson, Texas

Looking forward to taking my mother-in-law to Vince Gill for her 88th birthday monday.

Scott McBryde said...

Abilene, TX

Anonymous said...

Abilene

Nathan said...

Edmond, Ok

Sam Coats said...

Thanks for all you and Central Dallas Ministries do. You are so right. Grandkids are truly magic. Looking forward to Vince Gill on Monday.

Anonymous said...

Stephenville, Texas

NSRU said...

Rowlett, TX

Anonymous said...

Fort Worth!

IBreakCellPhones said...

Garland, TX

Anthony said...

Chicago, IL

Dan Schluter said...

Larry, great picture of your grandson. You are correct, it is people that matter most. I have had the challenge and privilege of teaching young people in our public schools for 22+ years. Some days are a challenge, a few are frustrating, many rewarding, but it is all worth it because people matter most, especially kids. I try to be a role model to my students in so many ways.

Justin, TX

Anonymous said...

Oak Ridge, TN Go Vols!

Ofelia said...

Please give that sweet boy a hug for me - and enjoy all those moments with him! - Dallas, TX

Anonymous said...

Plano, TX

Rick Stravers said...

Kalamazoo, Michigan

owldog said...

plano texas

He us so precious, I agree all children deserved to be as blessed

Arlene Kasselman said...

Amarillo, TX

Anonymous said...

Abilene, TX

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Just thought that it may help. I've been using it forever.

Anonymous said...

Brentwood, Tennessee

MarkS said...

Memphis, TN

Marny said...

Richardson, TX

Anonymous said...

Nashville, Tenn.

Blogging by Tina said...

Atlanta, GA