April 2, 2004 stands out among a handful of days that I rank as "the best" and "the happiest" in my life so far.
Three years ago today, Wyatt James Toombs found his way into the world and, he too, went straight for his granddad's heart!
During a good bit of the first year of his life, Wyatt and his family lived in New Braunfels, Texas. As a result, I didn't get to spend much time with him until his family moved back to Dallas about two years ago when he was a bit less than a year old. Since then, I've tried to make up for lost time!
Wyatt is amazing.
Active beyond words, possessing a bit of a quick temper and a highly competitive spirit, Wyatt has a tender heart and a deep reservoir of emotional energy. He will grow up to be a sensitive man with lots of passion, I expect.
Already he loves tools and trucks and trains and action! He can be so very funny!
He displays the ability to really connect with people. He is a charming little dude!
Like his big sister, Wyatt can slow me down in a heartbeat.
"Come on, granddad! Let's go upstairs and see my trains. Percy needs a battery," he calls out to me, as he leads up up the stairs, flying ahead of me because he knows I will come every time.
Or, "Granddad, where are you?"
Talk about automatic and on-going self-inventory!
And, like his sister, he teaches me what life is really all about. Purpose, direction, meaning, hope, laughter, surprise and joy are all wrapped up for me in getting to be his granddad.
He cannot know today how much I love him, though I tell him every time we are together. I hope I live long enough for him to know the full extent of my love.
Today is hard for me because I find myself out-of-town on business. Even though we have a big family party planned for Wyatt and Gracie next weekend, this afternoon I'll miss his party with his friends at "Pump-It-Up."
I can just hear him telling me again, "Granddad, I can jump a lot and I can go down the big slide!"
I hope I don't miss another birthday party. I know I'll be trying not to from here on out.
Happy Birthday, Wyatt!
Granddad loves you!