Just call me Pops

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It seems like just yesterday that I became a father. But the reality is, tomorrow I will become a grandfather.

William Edward "Liam" Loftis is scheduled to make his grand entrance into the world sometime Wednesday -- assuming that he doesn't surprise us all and arrive a little ahead of schedule.

I'm not quite sure how this grandfather thing is supposed to work, but my initial plan is just to hold the young man and admire him as much as I can. Of course, I do know that being a grandfather is a far different thing than being a dad. Once little Liam starts to cry, or needs to be changed, or spits up on my shirt, I can simply hand him back to his mom or dad for them to deal with the difficult moments.

I look forward to watching my son start this new chapter in his life, too. Ronnie has always been good with children. He is patient and he has a good sense of humor. If Liam is anything like his dad, he will test both of those qualities.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Liam's mom. She has done the hard work, after all.

Christi has been a welcome, wonderful addition to our family. She has been a calming, stabilizing influence on Ronnie and I know that she will be a great mom to Liam.

Christi's son, Hayden, who has officially given me the name "Pops," has also been a blessing to our family, and I'm glad that Liam will have such an awesome big brother.

The doctor plans to induce labor early Wednesday morning and I will leave Carroll County about noon that day to travel to North Little Rock. If all goes well, I should meet my grandson that afternoon or early that evening.

Of course, part of my responsibility as a grandfather is to make sure that the young man is raised the right way. So he already has a Chicago Cubs onesie and a United States Marine Corps camo onesie. But I don't feel as if I've gone overboard; I'll wait until he's at least a week old to give him a football.

I think I'm going to like being a grandfather.

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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.