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The Munchkin Hit’s the Yellow Brick Road

Published on 6/23/2015
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My eldest grandson whom we lovingly called munchkin for many of his 18 years on the planet graduated high school last week; and while reflecting on our time together which has gone by in the twinkle of an eye I was inspired to put it in this article.

I was there the night he was born and it was love at first sight even though the instant I saw him I seen his other grandfather in him. As he became a little older I seen his father, my son, in him and when placing my son’s picture of the same age next to my grandson’s I couldn’t tell them apart.

I remember telling my son our job was going to be damage control, I felt his maternal side of the family and his paternal grandmother was way too materialistic, and the public educational system that I felt ,and still do, was broken.

Thanks to my life situation at the time I was able to spend a great deal of my time with the young man and attempted to pass the things I felt important to know about life on to him. His mother was able to spend a great deal of time with him also and she taught him all the things he would learn in kindergarten and the first couple years of grade school.

I was amazed at the thirst for learning the young lad possessed, when I used a word he did not understand during a conversation his first response was to repeat the word and ask what it meant. I was disappointed when a short period after entering the public school system he seemed to have lost a lot of his enthusiasm for learning; it’s my belief he became bored.

Life went along with the usual tragedies; births, deaths, divorces, the usual reality shattering stuff. I attempted as I was able to help him through the experiences at the time although I knew he was building his own belief system and attitudes about life.

He’s now registered for college with a wish to become a dentist; without trying to wiz in his Wheaties I told him to make sure it was what he wanted because there was a lot of debt involved and debt is the new slavery just as real as steel shackles.

Time will tell whether he’s made the right choice or not, that after all is what life is all about; making choices and living with the consequences of those choices, many people seem to take the last part of that statement too lightly and give way too little contemplation to making a choice.

I wish him well and will be here to listen to any questions he may have now that the munchkin is on the yellow brick road.   

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