Dear Parents and Students,
I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen for about five minutes and just can’t seem to get started. Yesterday my son posted a picture of his wife on Facebook and suddenly the child they are expecting seems so real. Emmet Jameson Hanley will be my first grandchild and I think the fact that Mike and Aly live so far away (Maryland for a few more months until Mike gets his Honorable Discharge) has kept me out of the loop to a great extent. But the due date is a week from tomorrow and the doctors have advised Aly that Emmett might be an early arrival, so I guess I have to get into “grandpa” mode.
It has been a long time since I sat and tried to think about what I want for my children and now here I am sitting and thinking what I want for my grandchild. Health, of course, is near the top of the list, but after that there are so many ideas. I want him to be a good person, to have friends, to know that God loves him and that he can grow up sharing that love. Oh yeah, an education would be nice too!
I think I really want him to know his family. This may be tough because Mike and Aly plan to live in the Phoenix area. I want him to tell the same dumb stories that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather have been telling all these years. I want him choose his own path. If he becomes a civil servant, a teacher, or a Marine it should be because he wants to do so, not because his Dad or Grandpa talk him into it.
I will be sneaking out of school early next week to fly back east and meet Emmett. It is so reassuring in a world that often seems to be a difficult place that God, in His infinite love, still sends babies into our lives. Please pray for my grandson, son, and daughter-in-law. Thanks.
Principal and Grandpa