May 24, 2014 is a day any grand parent would enjoy, my eldest grandson Brennan Ward graduates from college. This brings several things to mind, first off I am getting old with a grandson that old. Second come to think about it on May 24, 1963 grandpa,(me) graduated from Western New Mexico University which means 51 years later my grandson joins me in the ranks of college graduates. Things were fine until those 51 years sunk in and I began to think that wow was that a long time ago. Then my thoughts run to the time when I put Brennan’s diapers on backwards right after he came home from the hospital. His mother thought it was funny as did I when shown those fancy new diapers did have a front and back.
When I also began to remember Brennan was 22 or more my feeling of being old really came on. To make things worse I looked around and I graduated from high school in 1955 and that is 59 years, ouch. I went to Butler for two years the Army for three then finished up at Western for 3 years so I spent a long time doing what I did. My brother who was 13 years older than I had his freshman year at IU cut short with WWII. Gene became a pilot of B-17’s and did not finish college after the war. I was the first of my family to graduate college but numerous others have followed. My nephew has a Doctorate in Chemistry and unfortunately he reminded me recently that he is now old enough for Social Security which once again brought that old mean thought of age back to mind.
You might notice that age had creeped into this column way early and frequently. I honestly had not thought of my being 76 as being much out of the normal until this event hopped up. During the time since Brennan showed up so many things have occurred many good and many not so good. His grandmother, my wife, lost her battle with cancer to me was the biggest worse thing to have happened. Having seven grandchildren and three children has been the good thing. Brennan’s sister is rapidly approaching the time when she must decide college or life. Ethan and Aaron my daughters sons are in middle and high school now and approaching college age way faster than I would like. James three children are getting close to the age of middle and high school as well and I am feeling older by the minute.