Good things do indeed come in small packages. Apparently eager to delight our lives, you arrived a month early last week. The doctors and nurses say you were small—three pounds and thirteen ounces—yet you courageously endured many challenges these past two months. You are a handsome lad, a miracle, and a blessing to behold.
Much of the warmth surrounding you is the product of prayers so many have offered on your behalf. With Mom and Dad leading the way, relatives—from great-grandparents to young cousins—have been pulling for you and welcome you with open arms and loving smiles. Other friends, some of whom you may never even meet, have provided prayerful wishes for your safe delivery and good health. While you may fit in the palm of a single hand today, know that many, many hands prepared for your arrival and stand ready to support, guide, and love you.
A wonderful life awaits you. Family and friends will treasure and celebrate each milestone and memory of you. Your first step, a first word, the first day of school, first date, first job. So, stay clean and be ready to smile whenever Mom and Dad grab a camera to capture these tender moments.
Your given name is Charles Harward, names from your two grandfathers. Pop Pop is proud and thankful to share one of those names with you. You will learn at a fairly young age that you will be addressed as “Charles Harward” only when you are in some form of trouble and with your last named added when you are in big trouble. You will also soon learn that grandparents are the ones with whom you can be silly (They are prone to acting that way often in the presence of grandchildren), arrive with toys and gifts, and are most likely to answer “yes” (as in response to, “May we have ice cream for breakfast?”). Handling temper tantrums and scolding are left to Mom and Dad. Grandparents have graduated from those tasks and now realize that “diaper” spelled backward is “repaid.” Grandparents will, however, offer advice. In this category, they apparently believe it is better to give than to receive. So, here goes:
So, little Charlie, we welcome you to a life filled with promise and pleasure, to parents who will nurture and love you every day of your life, and to a family overjoyed to have you in our midst. The celebration continues. With your arrival, we have won the heavenly lottery!
Love, dear grandson,
Mimi and Pop Pop
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