About a week ago I became a Grandfather. October 23rd, 2020 at 7:45am Colorado time to be exact.
I don't mean to make it sound like a personal accomplishment, it was mostly my daughter and her husbands doing. But I like to think I had some hand in the process, at least from a historical perspective.

I have not met the little guy yet, just seeing pictures...

An event like this can cause one to sit back for a moment and reflect on where we are and where we are going as a human species on this small blue-green planet floating in this vast universe. My initial thought is that this is a troubling time to be born, but then when is it not a troubling time? And when is it not a wonderful time to just stop and breathe and take in one more moment of this amazing gift we have been given?

We will continue to make our plans and go about our day to day lives and babies will be born and people will pass on.
Collectively we may not always make the best decisions but individually we have enormous potential to make ourselves the best version of our self possible and make the small circle around us a little bit better place.

Here is another human who will be faced with that challenge. It is one I personally fall far short of every day but of all the projects we take on in our busy lives, in my mind, it is the only one that matters. Developing the character, integrity, honesty that I know his parents will influence him with...  And hopefully for the next ten or fifteen years he will have time to just be a kid, possibly setting an example for us to reach back and feel again for a moment that little kid in ourselves.

So good luck Calvin. Game on Little Dude.

Gouache sketch, new born grandchild