Seems like yesterday that Lourene and I were living in Virginia and eagerly awaiting the arrival of our firstborn. We did not know when the baby would be born. The birth was not scheduled. We did not know whether we were going to be blessed with a son or daughter.
But we did know that the days seemed to drag on.
In the last week leading up to the due date, Lourene and I passed the time and dealt with our anxiety by playing Yahtzee. As a matter of fact, in that last week we played over 100 games. I’m not sure who won the most games, we have saved the score sheets to this day, but we never went back and determined the winner. Because the games were interrupted on February 14, one day before the due date, when Lourene started having contractions.
So early that morning we went to the hospital and after waiting for a while, the doctor gave the order for the labor to be induced.
“You will have a Valentine’s Day baby, I guarantee it!” the doctor assured us.
To make a long story short, our precious son, whom we named Keith Robert Clark, was born at 12:08 a.m. on February 15. Looking back and knowing what we know now about Keith, it makes perfect sense that he wanted to be born on the very day he was due rather than a day early or late.
Keith was born with a nasty bruise on his head from the long day of labor. Yet his mother looked at me moments after delivering him and said, “Let’s have another one!” He had a touch of jaundice for a few days. Yet we were overwhelmed with how God had created him.
It really does seem like yesterday.
These memories are on my heart today.
Today our first grandchild is scheduled to be born. Keith and his wife Mindy are scheduled to have their baby induced this morning. This time it’s scheduled. This time the baby is known to be a boy. This time the baby’s name is already chosen. And this time Lourene and I haven’t played a single game of Yahtzee.
Today we are waiting with great anticipation.
Today we will cry tears of joy.
Today we will offer prayers to God.
Seems like yesterday.
But today, a new day is dawning.
I cannot wait to see, hold, and bless Carson Robert Clark.