My grandchildren occupy an extraordinary place in my life, better, my heart.
Gracie turned 6 at the end of March. Wyatt celebrated his fourth birthday early in April. Owen blew out his candles in early May for the second time.
Wow, do I love these kids! Words don't work for me when it comes to these three little ones. Nothing is better than being with them, listening to them, playing with them, just watching them.
I think about them all of the time, for obvious reasons related to family and my love for their parents.
But, I also think of them when I consider what every child needs and deserves.
My grandchildren will grow up with every advantage imaginable. They will be given a huge headstart in the game of life.
What they have, all children should have.
I have to admit that much of my vision for my work is formed by what I know about these three little people, their blessings, their imaginations, their needs.
I also know and understand at a deep level that my feelings for my grandchildren are shared by parents and grandparents across the city, no matter what their socioeconomic standing or their current possibilities.
Working hard to see opportunity and possibility offered to every child seems like a good thing.
March, April and May have become very special to me and my family. It's a season about the kids. I choose to believe that same thing is true of what we are trying to accomplish with our work in the lives of children and their families who just happen to be lacking in so much that my family takes for granted.
Happy birthday, little ones. Granddad loves you more than he can say.