Needless to say that the news my dad had just figued out on his own took him back. He was shocked. It was written all over his face. His face also had a puzzled look about it.

     He looked me in the eye with his voice beginning to crack and asked, “I’m really going to be a grandpa?”

     He started to smile and when I acknowledged, he gave me a big bear hug. We cried a few seconds.

     This moment is one of the most special moments I have had with my dad. I viewed the situation as a time we went “toe to toe” with words before I broke him down with news I knew that could have been catastrophic. I didn’t know which way he would go with what he just learned.

     For once in my life, I finally made my father happy. I had screwed up alot of things in my life that he wanted me to succeed in, but this was the ultimate prize to him. I finally made my father proud and I relished in that moment and all through the pregnancy and past the birth. This was the happiest man on the earth, and accidentally, I made him that way.

     We talked late into that night about what my plans were. He preached to me about fatherhood and how he would whip my butt if I tried to pull a fast one and leave. I never had that idea in my head. Losers do that. I told him that this is what I had done, and I will not run from it.

     My dad laid off me about the phone from then on, knowing that I had bigger things to spend my money on and plans to arrange. She finished the first semester about a month later at Michigan Tech and that was it. I went up to help her pack her things and moved her back down into her mom’s house.

     Her mom gave me the same speech about how I better not ditch her daughter. Her mom was cool. I had a good relationship with her. But she did have rules and you better follow them.

     For the next few months we planned our moves, our lives. In the mean time I was to tell my mom and she was going to tell her dad the news. Her dad blew it off, seeming not to really be affected by it. My mom on the other hand…

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August 2020


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