In days gone by I used to ponder upon what exactly the purpose has been to my life.
Working in a television station is hardly what you might call an essential contribution to the progress of Mankind?
I have hardly set the world of literature on fire?
Would the world be any better or worse if I had never existed?
But then it struck me. Of course I have contributed. I have contributed in the best way possible.
Without me, there never would have been a K8 the GR8! And there never would have been three lovely grandkids – Laughingboy, Puppychild and Sir Fartzalott.
I am immensely proud of our K8. Not content with looking after a semi-disabled husband, a wheelchair bound son and two other boisterous kids, she has taken upon herself to start a new career – she is studying to become a Paramedic.
I'm not too sure of the finer points, but becoming a paramedic seems to be a lot of very hard work. It involves training, loads of work experience [she has attended tons more football matches than I ever did] and a whole series of exams. She has done twelve hour shifts in hospitals and a massive amount of study.
She had a biggie exam this week. Again, don't ask me what exam it is but she had been nervous about it as it is an important one. She even had to head across country to sit it, over in Galway.
I got a text from her this morning.
If I have achieved nothing else in life, I have a daughter in whom I am very proud.
Good on ya, K8!
Is there anything else in life that's more important or more rewarding than having successful sons or daughters? If so I can't easily think of it.
I can't think of one. Unless discovering Penicillin or something like that? But that's already been done….
It's the kids that make life worth living and add that extra little spring to your step. All three of mine have grown up to be successful and well balanced. Now I've got grandkids who make me smile even more.
Kinda makes you feel part of The Great Cycle?
K8 was the GR8! before passing this exam (did you ever have any doubt she wouldn't pass?).
What is her new title to be?
pass along a well done to K8 the GR8!
And a "well done" from me as well.