During the month of June, Terran visited me in Kenya. It was his second time to do so... the first being 2004, when he was nine-years old. Both times he adapted well to my life here.
He has now lived in Delhi, India for two years with his parents, sister, and brother. He has become a seasoned traveler and has come to understand the world outside his country of origin. I think it's great he's had such opportunities.
Instead of cartoons, Terran grew up watching Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the History Channel. He has always been very intelligent and quite well read. His Papa (my dad) exposed him to such things as physics and hydraulics and a general sense of wonder about the world and how things work.
Extremely savvy about current world news, the latest technologies, and new discoveries in science... Terran can carry on an adult conversation with anyone... about virtually any subject. He has very astute problem-solving skills. He is also very social and engages well with folks of all ages and all walks of life. Quite self-confident, he is comfortable in any setting and circumstance.
He has an interesting blend of diverse interests... a rare young man who loves both books and sports. He devours magazines like "Popular Mechanics". Terran's mind seemingly never goes to sleep... as he absorbs and understands virtually everything he reads. He truly is a product of his generation, growing up in the "information age".
Terran is at that age when he will start to face many decisions about his future. Which road will he choose? What educational opportunities will he pursue? Which occupation? Where will he choose to settle down?
What will he choose as his purpose in life? What values will he esteem and hold high? What mark will he leave on humanity?
"Grandparents are proud of their grandchildren."
- Proverbs 17:6 (Good News)
How true that is! I am very proud of each one of my grandchildren... Terran included!
"Good people will have wealth to leave to their grandchildren."
- Proverbs 13:22 (Good News)
In terms of monetary value, I don't own very much in this world. For instance, I own two bicycles... but I don't own a house or a car. I used to own a mud hut (made out of dirt, sticks, and grass)... but I recently gave it away.
In the absence of such "wealth", I hope to leave to each one of my grandchildren:
- a contagious excitement about life
- an adventurous spirit
- a sense of anticipation for what's around the next bend
I pray that they will learn from me:
- to embrace all that God created them to be
- to be generous to others who need a helping hand
- to always offer love and understanding... instead of judgment
- to love their neighbor the same way they love themselves
- to be a servant... putting the needs of others ahead of their own
- to take the time to look people in the eye
- and to listen to those they meet along the way