We lost a great great man, today. My grandpa, Fred Pankow.
I have many memories of my grandpa. I spent most summers with him and Grandma in Michigan when I was younger. I didn't get out there nearly as much as I should have as an adult. But, I still looked up to him more than any other man in my life outside of my dad.
I could share many of those memories with you, now. Of fishing on Lake Miramichi, of trips to Florida, Canada or Mackinac Island, of hatching ducklings, or of the many letters he sent me offering me a quarter for every spelling error I found.
Instead, I would like to present you with another story. Grandpa loved to tell (and write) stories. This one is my favorite. Grandpa was a lifelong educator. He started as a high school teacher and retired superintendent. He even has a school named after him.
I regret that I wasn't able to have him meet Owen in person. I will miss him. I will miss his stories.
Ok...because you deserve it...I am going to complete this post. Enjoy!
I have been to many concerts. Some better than others. But, only two have brought tears to my eyes.
The first...Sir Paul McCartney. It was unexpected. I was excited to see him, sure. But, 30 seconds into his first song (8 Days a Week), I had an epiphany. I was singing a Beatles song WITH A BEATLE! It gave me the cries.
The second...2 weeks ago. When I saw Weird Al Yankovic!
Now...don't get me wrong. I am not comparing Weird Al to Paul McCartney. Weird Al is definitely better than Paul McCartney.
Ok, I jest. However, Weird Al has easily been the most constant artist in my life since I was about 8 years old. That's when my dad handed me a cassette tape (remember those?). I'm not sure where he got it, but it was not an original album...it was recorded from another tape. On one side was the Greatest Hits of Blondie. On the other was the Album "Dare to Be Stupid" by…
On the other hand...it totally hasn't! It feels like he's been here forever.
Here's some things we've learned about Owen Francis over the last 12 months. He is a VERY happy baby! Possibly the happiest I have ever met. This kid had an ear infection for weeks and we had no clue. Because he was always in good spirits. He LOVES his brother. Nobody makes this kid laugh like Desmond. NOBODY! Not me, not Kim, not Elmo. And, Desmond doesn't even need to work very hard for Opie's approval. He just needs to do a crazy dance. And Opie Cracks.The.Hell.Up! He is the best hugger. His hugs are amazing! And, it's not just the Pankows that think this way. Even his teachers and other daycare parents have commented on it. He is a Ph.D. in Hugging. He wants to be the loudest person in the room. Doesn't matter if he's sitting right next to you. He'll say what he has to …