OPINION

Norman: The spectacular joys of being a sentimental sort

CHARLIE NORMAN

One might say I’m a sentimentalist at heart.

Maybe even to a fault, and that’s OK.  You see, today I write this on a day that will be like no other in my life. I’m 70 years old now... exactly twice the age of my son Charles IV (age 35).

Charlie Norman

Tomorrow’s my birthday and so, there’ll never be another time in our lives that’ll happen (go figure). So I pause, savor the moment, and count my many blessings. My how the time flies. I remember when...  

It seems the older I get, the faster time goes. In a few weeks, my wife and I will be welcoming our first granddaughter into the family (through daughter Noelle). So this little gal will be duly spoiled by me – not so much the five grandsons.

But now with the girl, that’s different. I do not mind at all being wrapped around her little finger.  She wants an ice cream cone? How about 2?!  “DaddyO, that little train ride was fun!” “Wanna go again?”  So I greatly look forward to this --- the spoiling, doting grandfather I’ll proudly be. 

The Good Book tells us that children (and grandchildren) are a gift from Heaven above (Psalms 127:3). I get it, and my quiver is full. So I am blessed and I know it. There are couples whom I know that desired, but were never able to have children. I feel for them. Carolyn and I think of those friends and believe they would have been terrific parents.

Yet, I do know, some couples choose not to have kids and I certainly respect that too. Parenting is definitely not for everyone. Moreover, I‘ve got friends who never married, and would have liked to been, but for one reason or another it just didn’t happen. A little sad for them too, in that I am.

To their credit most of those folks seem quite content in life and my admiration for them is strong. By the same token, we know folks that did marry and it didn’t work out... things happen and we understand. 

We know of parents who lost a child along the way and the hurt will remain all of their days. Thoughts and prayers for them I send on my day today.

As I reflect on my own life, in this fleeting moment in time, I recall the old adage Eleanor Roosevelt once famously proclaimed: “Yesterday is history - Tomorrow is a mystery - Today is a gift - That’s why it’s called ‘The Present’ “ 

I’m cherishing that gift.  

To the reader: Charlie’s recently released paperback book "Remembrances" (a compilation of 32 short stories originally published in the Glen Rose Reporter over the last four years) is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Utopia and similar websites if interested.

Charlie Norman has lived in Somervell County since 1994. He and his wife have two adult children, who graduated from Glen Rose schools. You can contact him at chas234@windstream.net.