My youngest grandchild, Willow Midnight Searphina Files, turned three-years-old today. She lives way out in Oregon with her parents and two older brothers, so poor Pa Rock does not get to see her often. That said, I have been to Oregon twice this year to see Willow and her family, and I hope to go again before too long.
Willow is a very quiet and sweet child. My favorite personal story about her occurred during one of my visits this year. Molly (my daughter) and her oldest son, Sebastian, went to a movie - leaving Scott (my son-in-law) and I to take Willow and Judah to the nice park by the river in Salem. There is a beautiful carousel in one of the pavilions at the park - and it was the carousel's birthday - so we all went for a ride. Later Willow and I were strolling around the park on our own when we spotted Scott and Judah walking toward us about twenty-five feet away. Willow and Judah both took off running toward each other. They met in the middle in a big hug! It was definitely a Kodak moment!
(For those youngsters who have no idea what a Kodak is, ask your parents - or grandparents!)
Happy birthday, Willow! Pa Rock loves you and thinks about you often!