Some fairly important things happened on February 12. Among them
Abraham Lincoln was born
Women residents of the Utah Territory were granted the right to vote
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded
Our boy was born.
As I write this, he is clomping around the kitchen in his steel-toed work boots preparing his lunch and complaining about having to go to work today when he just wants to stay home and play. He also would like to be 16 1/2 again instead of 33. His father makes a joke.
I think I should be able to stay home and play too. Having the baby was a big deal for us and for my family, because our boy was the first grandchild, and it marked our transitions from man and woman to father and mother.
Raising this child has been an interesting journey, and it ain't over yet -- in fact, it will continue as long as we walk the earth. Babies don’t come with an instruction booklet. God assigned this soul to our family for a reason and we tried to do the best we could when he was a kid, and we are still trying to do the best we can now that our man child is a man.
A small celebration will be had, and we will debate about whether to watch any of the opening Olympic Ceremony, and a good time will be had by all.