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A new life, a new joy

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Some days are just so unique you file them in the permanent memory banks. I tucked one away today seeing my son hold his new infant son, and greet us at the door. The happiness in his eyes held the results of all his and his wife’s expectations and more. The love in his heart was coming through every pore in his body to that child.

Sometimes things come into clear focus. Photo by Mike Hartley

I let my wife who has been almost ready to explode to see and hold her new grandchild take the lead and I just soaked in a few moments of them having a moment. I watched so intently all afternoon the impact this new bundle of life was having on all there.

Photos and videos were taken. Tears of joy were exchanged. Hugs of congratulations and our pride in seeing our children blessed with a child. All the while knowing their love will be even greater because they come from a foundation of love.

This is such a wonderful day, and I’ve needed it after a week of mourning another family loss.

Tomorrow I’ll get back to the reality of the day-to-day challenge of living and participating in making a better world for them. But it was just nice to have such a relaxed day of love.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • My job is to work hard to provide as much love and support for my family as possible. That has always been my passion. But now a different phase of it is taking place. And it places yet another sense of purpose and enjoyment in my life’s work.
  • I’m enjoying the series “The Captain” on ESPN about Derek Jeter. I hope to watch it with my son and grandson someday and tell them the joy of following someone and a team like that as a fan. An experience that few will have in today’s world of sports.
  • I saw 2 cars pulled over by our county police yesterday on Rt 29. Could it be that enforcement of some driving rules is being made again? It’s going to take a hell of a lot of it to even approach where we were before the pandemic on the highways. Because if you have the unfortunate need to drive in the state of Maryland hold onto your ass. It’s a free for all out there.
  • It’s a good thing the day is 24 hours long. Some days I use every minute of it throwing a post together here. But now I have that Cal Ripkin mentality. I’m here every day.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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