“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise,” once wrote British anthropologist and author Ashley Montagu. “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
Well, our family recently enjoyed one of those moments that seriously seized us! It was a happy surprise that I would like to share with our readers.
First understand, our family loves to surprise each other. Through the years some have been little surprises and others big surprises. A surprise visit. A surprise gift. A surprise birthday party. A surprise person showing up when you least expected it. A surprise trip. Some we have planned and perpetrated. Some we participated in. And some surprises have been on us!
This surprise began while I was Florida to see our new grandson, Roy Sharp Thompson. Norma Jean was already there with our daughter, Rachél, and her husband Jared. After I finished a meeting I came later. I had a great week enjoying time with family and the first-born grandchild.
The surprise came a few hours before I was to catch a flight back to Kansas City on Friday.
Well, let me set the stage for this. Our daughter-in-law, April, is in medical school. She’s been doing her clerkships. This year she’s had rotations in Miami, Dominica, and Brooklyn, NY. We haven’t seen her since February. Part of the time our son, Kenny, has been with her, then other times he needed to be in Tampa for work. Currently he’s coaching cross-country at Florida College.
On Friday Kenny was supposed to leave with his team for a meet in Titusville. I decided to go by the college and tell him good-bye one last time. However, I learned that Kenny had texted the team that something happened and he wasn’t making the trip.
Something is wrong, I thought. I called Kenny, but no answer. Just voice mail. So, I left a message, “Please call me, let me know what’s happened.
Soon my phone rang, with a cheery, “Hi Dad.” And the conversation ran something like this.
Me: “Kenny, are you ok?”
Kenny: “Did you get my text and picture I sent?”
Kenny: “Ok. I’ll resend it. Call me back when you get it.
No message came. I returned the call.
(Repeat the above scenario about 3 times!)
Finally, I called and said, “Kenny, where are you? What’s going on?’
After a long pause. Kenny said, “New York.”
“Well, why are you in New York?’
Pause. “It’s Miles.”
“Yes, baby Miles.”
“Who’s baby Miles?” I asked.
“Your new grandson!” Kenny proudly announced.
Yes, April was pregnant, and we didn’t know it! So, we went from having no grandchildren, to having two grandsons within 8 days!
Kenny said that they wanted to surprise us! Now, if you are shocked, what do you think about Norma Jean and I?! 🙂
So, Roy Sharp Thompson already has a cousin, Miles Carter Weliever.
He was born three weeks early, on October 2nd, but he and April are doing fine. He weighed 5lbs 7oz and was 19 inches long.
Kenny, April and Miles are now back in Tampa for a few weeks before she finishes her rotations in Miami and begins Residency next year. But they wanted us to wait awhile before a general announcement, so they could surprise their friends in Florida!
So far Miles has lived up to his name. In less than a week he has traveled through 9 states and Washington D.C. I predict more surprises and adventures for this little fella, knowing his parents like I do!
In the meantime baby Miles, your Grammy and I pray for you. We’re excited to see you. We pray that you will mature physically, mentally, emotionally , socially and spiritually. We hope that we can live to see you grow up to honor your parents. Love your God. Obey the gospel. Serve your fellow-man. Grow in your faith. Discover and develop your God-given talents. Respect others. Enjoy life. And be the best you that you can be!
Oh, and by the way, Kenny, we can have a moratorium on surprises for a while?!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman