Twenty years ago, Connie and I held a little boy that would change our world. We were two twenty-somethings that thought we had it all…not to mention knew it all. We lived in the suburbs of Chicago and had good friends that were also new parents. Grandmas and Grandpas were only a 5 hour car ride away in Northwest Ohio. We made that trip every two weeks and sang to him as we rode. G-R-A-N-T, Grant you’re my pretty baby boy! While at home we rocked and read to him frequently.
Life was simple. Life was good!
We considered having another child, but how could we ever love another child this much? Would there be enough of us to go around? Next came Jessica and then Colin. There WAS and there still IS enough to go around. .
Fast forward to 2013, the same year that Grant graduated from high school. We were in a tough spot. Things had not been going well with my job and Connie had been forced to take a part time job to make ends meet. There had been a lot of items trimmed from our budget, but one that stayed was Netflix. It was $7.99 a month and Connie found a show for us to watch. It was called “Breaking Bad.” I’m not sure why she liked it, but she did. After a few episodes, I was even hooked. It’s about a drug manufacturer and dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was difficult to relate, but the plot was captivating. The binge watching started.
Fast forward to Summer of 2015, as Grant prepares for his second co-op with the Architecture Department in the University of Cincinnati. He misses the opportunity to join two different firms in San Francisco and takes a job in Albuquerque. Go figure.
Last Thursday, Connie and Grant boarded a plane for the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico.
During the visit to the office, where Grant will be working, they notice a picture showing that a scene from the movie was shot in the very same building. The caption reads “This is what happens to architects who go over the edge.”
I love that little boy and the man that he has become. Life is good.
There’s more than enough love to go around.