|The three of us in France|
Being a dad is the greatest gift, next to life itself, that I have been given. Watching you grow - as now you put words together for sentences - and sometimes we understand you.
But to help figure it out we thought you spoke Mandarin- so we went to China, and they didn't understand you. So then we thought maybe it was French- so we went to France. Well, maybe not that easy. So here is the story:
Your grandpa, my dad, decided at the last minute to take a trip to Normandy to see some of the places he spent when he was a soldier in World War 2. Within 24 hours we secured tickets, and started to get hotels lined up so we could follow him along this voyage. Somehow, we had some points and were able to fly round trip to London on British Air. You were able to be in the first class section of a flight.
|Inspecting Seat 1A of British Air - Phoenix to London non stop|
|Sleeping in the nose of a 747 - after a fine glass of French Wine|
We had a great time, son. You were there. You won't remember it, except through a few photographs and your mom and I telling you the story- but it is burned in our hearts.
Here is the lesson: no matter where we are in the world- you make that part of the world a special place for your mom, my dad, and me-- and a few other people also.
You've been on a lot of planes, son - and your mom and I couldn't imagine doing life without you.
Thanks for making me a father - and of course, thanks to your mom - a most special lady.
We love you son, now recover from the jet lag - and thanks again
|Toasting with my dad - neither of us drink beer, but we thought we would try it here|
|you and your mom cheered also|
|Our lovely B and B in France|
|The London Bridge|
|London Bridge and the Tower of London in the background|
|One of your favorite new words is clock - here is the big one|
|Three Generations on the Point du Huc - grandpa landed just a few miles from here in 1944|
|You appear to be able to read the French menu|
|Your first See Saw - you loved it - so did I|
|On the Ferry over - we had to sing|
|Your mom- embracing technology|
|That's a big antenna|
|Nothing like some wine with a vet|
|Thankfully your mom didn't lock me in the tower|
|One of the towns your grandfather liberated|