Life goes on

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By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST


The good news is that life goes on, and that beats the hell out of the alternative. As I walk around the garden, most of our perennials have popped out of the ground and are reaching for the sky. But they are not the only new things popping their head out.

At 4:28 AM on 4/28, son Rob and his lovely wife Jenna delivered a new baby boy. John Kenneth Nap, who will go by Jack, decided to make his way into our world to see what this pandemic stuff is all about.  He came in at 7 pounds on the nose, and is eating like a champ to catch up to his big sister Ellie and his 4 month old cousin, Blake Nap.

I never expected that being a grandparent would be so much fun. After all, we raised 4 children of our own and I thought it would be amusing to have a few more running around and tugging at their parent’s trousers and purse strings. But little did I know that our pant legs would be just as popular as Mommy and Daddy’s, and I couldn’t be happier.

With all the madness in the world, it is very cool to spend time with 2 year old Ellie. We shared Ellie with Nana Lisa for the whopping 36 hours that her parents spent in South Shore Hospital to deliver Jack. She doesn’t know pandemic, COVID or any of these new words that we’ve all come to think about with disdain. She simply knows that the people who love her are nearby every day and nothing could be better….

Except for a baby brother Jack. Based on how she tosses around her dolls and teddy bears, I was wondering if Jack would need a helmet and shoulder pads. But somehow 2 year old Ellie knows that this guy is real, and she has been a darling of a big sister gently stroking his jet black hair in her tender little fingers.

To top it all off, 2 weeks ago Cousin Blake went from being a FaceTime phenomenon to a live body as Blake and his parents Tom and Samantha drove non-stop from LA. After the requisite period of isolation, Blake got to visit his east coast cousins for the very first time. We too have had the pleasure of a few Blake visits, including an all-day gazing of his smiley and giggling face earlier this week.

Now I know the joy of grandchildren first hand– and it’s only just begun. So much to look forward to, including the probability of more grandchildren as life goes on.