He came into the world on February 26th of 2013, screaming as most do. He was surrounded by a room full of family, with GiGi and Grandma Maryanne doing the leg duty.
Now GiGi, well, she's been there for 4 generations of deliveries, including her own. As with all newborns, he was beautiful. They asked mom "wet or dry" and of course it was dry!
His name is Gage Patrick Sarton, and he just became 5 years old. He'll let you know that, too. I"M 5. When he was 4, it wasn't a big deal, but when he became 5, he changed.
I DON'T NEED YOU, PAPA. I can do it myself! He forgot his goggles when we went to the pool last week, so we had to go back and get them. He walked into the house, said where are my goggles? His mother asked where I was, as I was waiting at the mailbox for him. He said "I'm OK" and headed back out the door. One of his favorite things is "can we play on the bed, PaPa"? Then it's on to wrestling and riding the bull or the snake under the pillows fighting his spider! Just looking into that young man's eyes and seeing the pleasure he feels is a great joy to me!
The independence of a 5 year old is amazing, and watching him grow, to be a part of that, is also amazing. I have enjoyed every minute I have spent over the past 5 years, through sickness, babysitting, teaching, and just plain watching him develop.
We bought his first power wheels when he was 1 1/2, and he learned within a few weeks how to drive it. I gave him a lock and key at about the same time. Took him 15 minutes to figure out how to put the key in and unlock it.
I never expected to have the relationship of being a great grandfather, but am very thankful that I do. It has taught me patience that I never had before. It has taught me to be grateful for time with loved ones. But most of all, it has taught me to be the person I always thought I was, but didn't have time to be.
I guess my whole point to this is to not worry about the little things in life, and most things in your life are little things.
Love to all