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We had the opportunity to visit with our daughter at our house this past weekend, who will soon be having a daughter of her very own. While she was here we happened to come across an old box with some of her papers from when she was younger that had something I had written about her when she was only about 3 or 4 years old. Here is the original paper I had hand written those so many years ago.
“She came into our lives as a blessing from above. So tiny, so beautiful. GOD blessed us with our little bundle of love. At first she barely crawled, and now look at her run. At first she could hardly talk. Now look at her; she hardly stops talking! Each day we grow to love her more. Thank you LORD for our little blessing. Thank you LORD for Valerie. Brown eyes, brown hair, and that special warm caring smile.
Each time I look at her, I hear GOD whispering in my ear. Be good to her, and raise her to learn of me. Teach her love, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and train her in the way she should go. Teach her right from wrong. Teach her to love others, to give unto others. Look at her now how big she is growing, changing every day. Thank you LORD for our gift from heaven above. May we love her and show her your ways each day. Thank you LORD for our Valerie.”
The picture above is of our daughter Valerie and her own grandfather, my wife’s dad. His name was “Papa” I can’t wait to have a photo taken with my own granddaughter. I know people say it often, but it does seem like only yesterday when our daughter was this age. As a matter of fact, it still seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her to her first bed to lay in after being born in the hospital. As the days pass, I pray that I will be able to be the grandfather that my granddaughter deserves me to be. I pray that I will be able to show her the right road to take too, and that we will have many good years together. If we are together, they can’t help but be good!
I promise again LORD that I will teach her just like I taught her own mother. I will teach her the road to take, right from wrong, to love others, and to give unto others….. and I promise you I will love her every single day!
I have been thinking about writing a new book in honor my granddaughter who will be born this May. The title I am kicking around is called “60 Thoughts For My Granddaughter”
I am not sure where to take it or exactly what to say quite yet, but I know I want to leave some life lessons for her. I also want to introduce some humor I think for things that new grandpas have to learn along the way, maybe some things they have forgotten and need to relearn. I am not quite sure yet, but I have been doing some thinking along those lines.
What do you think? If you have any ideas or thoughts about what I can include, let me know as I just started to try to build this in my mind now. I welcome any and all suggestions!
I just finished my new book called “Papa’s Family Recipes” which was written in honor of my late father-in law Alberto Petrucci. Alberto was the son of emigrant parents from the city of Detroit and went on to become one of the largest contractors in the Midwest. He was a very kind, caring, and humble man who loved his family deeply.
Papa also had a passion for cooking and was quite good at it. He left behind a treasure trove of his favorite family recipes for everyone to try. His spaghetti sauce is unbelievable! This was a somewhat emotional book to write as I reflected upon the years we spent together before his illness and eventual death. Have you ever met someone you liked the very first time you met them? That was the man called “Papa”.
Papa will soon be available at Barnes and Noble and is now available as an e-book on Amazon for pre-order at the link below. Papa will be published on Friday, March 27th. I hope you enjoy reading Papa’s Family Recipes!