Easter is always a reminder of the good news that “He is risen”. This Easter we received the bonus good news that our oldest son and his wife are having a baby. The Wife and I are going to be grandparents!
We love our daughter-in-law and, of course, we love our son, too. We are extremely proud of all they have done and who they are becoming in their marriage. Our excitement level for them has gone from “fairly stoked” to the “totally stoked” level now that they are having a child…our grandchild…did you hear that I’m going to be a grandfather?
One of the beautiful things about their relationship is that I was friends with the DIL’s father, Bill, for several years before they started dating. (Bill is actually a Bourbon Fellowshipper, too!) The friendship that The Wife and I share with Bill and his wife has been remarkably smooth. It’s remained steady and true through several years of our kids dating, an engagement and a wedding! It will be wonderful to share the grandparent experience with a couple who are already our friends, too.
So, the first thing I did when I learned of the grandchild was…well, the first thing I did, actually, was cry like a Michael Jordan meme and hug everybody like Roger Goodell on draft day.
So, the second thing I did when I learned of the grandchild was (did you hear that I’m going to be a grandfather?) to buy a new bottle of Old Grand Dad for Bill and me to share when the baby is born. It is not an expensive Bourbon, by any means, but it is still very good and it was a logical choice for the occasion (from drinking Old Grand Dad to becoming Old Grand Dad). It is just be another example of Bourbon being a great way to celebrate a special event with friends and family.
I chose to go with the bottled in bond version of Old Grand Dad. It has more room on the bottle than the OGD 114 for writing dates, height, weight (of the baby…not me or Bill). There is also an 80 proof Old Grand Dad but it is just too lightweight. It might be suitable for the grandbaby’s sippy cup, however.
Several friends have asked what I want our grandchild to call me. One had even suggested “Old Grand Dad”. I don’t really care what he or she calls me but if it is that, can we drop the “Old” and just go with “Grand Dad”. Maybe I should rename this post simply “Becoming Grand Dad”? By the way, did you hear that I’m going to be a grandfather?
Thanks for indulging me on this brief celebration. When the baby arrives in an estimated 186 days (but who’s counting) I’ll be sure to post the news and let you know what we celebrate with…other than Old Grand Dad, of course.Kevin Rose