May 26 04:09 PM

Dear Ryker...

You don't know me very well, but I'm excited to get to know you

June 23, 2010
(Editors Note: On Saturday, June 19th, at 6:14 pm, Ryker Martin Jorgensen was born. Proud parents are Keil and Shayleen Jorgensen, both Imlay City graduates and currently living in Clawson Michigan. Shay will soon have a degree in special education and Keil works as a

Regional Sales Consultant for Woods-N-Water News. Grandparents are Randy and Kim Jorgensen and Ed Herbert and Holly Herbert.)

Dear Ryker,

You don't know me very well yet. I'm the one with the big hands, I cradled you in them this weekend. Your mom says you're going to call me Papa, but you can call me anything you like. I'm so excited to get to know you.

You were born healthy, happy and content. Your mom was amazing and your dad beamed with pride. The hospital doctors and nurses were wonderful.

Ryker Martin Jorgensen with proud parents Shayleen and Keil. photo by Aunt Cathy.

I can tell you this Ryker, you're a lucky little fella to be born into the Jorgensen and Herbert families, there was a lot of hugging and handshakes when you arrived. You'll be surrounded by a lot of love.

I have to say, anticipating your arrival was almost as exciting for me and your grandma as waiting for your dad to be born. You are already near and dear to our hearts and we just met you.

I'm already daydreaming of things I can do for you at our home to make your life more fun and happy. Maybe a big new swing and slide to play on in our backyard when you visit, or add some more fish to the pond so you catch one on every cast.

I can hear it now, "Oh look at this one Papa, it's a big one!"

Together you and I will have a lot of fun, and when your mom and dad are not around I'll probably let you get away with things that they might not approve of, but as you will learn that's what grandparents do. They spoil you and give you things that you won't get elsewhere!

Your birthday will always be a special day for Gamma J. and I as you get bigger the parties and the presents will get grander and the spoiling will get worse. I'll have to keep a special watch on Gamma J. when it comes to those presents.

It will be difficult, but sometimes, I may have to be stern with you. You may not understand at the time, but occasionally, getting what you want when you want it may not be the right thing. You'll need to find that balance and do some things on your own. A little independence, drive and desire to get something you want without anyone's help is so very important.

Courage, discipline and determination are things you'll be asked to call on at some point in life and you will need to be ready to handle them on your own.

I'll try to help you along the way as much as I can.

I know you will be raised to be honest, respectful and responsible. And I know you will have God in your heart. I have a lot of confidence in your mom and dad to do the right things for you.

The other day when I held you and looked closely I saw some of both your mom's and dad's features in you. But you also have your own looks, and you will have your own thoughts someday and your own identity. I'm excited to see you grow and begin to see those looks and thoughts develop.

Who knows, maybe you will become president someday and straighten this crazy world out you just entered.

Ryker, my point is you can be anything you want to be, if you want it bad enough and work hard enough for it. As they say, there is no mountain you can't climb, nothing you can't do if you just put your mind to it and try your best.

Be careful though, don't let your ambition to succeed get in the way of your happiness. Enjoy what you do, whatever that may be, find your purpose and passion in life.

And Ryker, know that no matter what twists and turns this sometimes cruel world dishes out to you, I'll always be there for you. With a little effort we can fix mistakes that are made, help you through good times and bad, rich times and poor times, naughty times and sad times.

I look forward to seeing you grow older and know my big ol' hands are always there for you, to hold you or guide you.

After all, that's what grandparents are for.

Love, "Papa."

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Randy Jorgensen has been with the Tri-City Times since 1980, he lives in Imlay City and is active in many community organizations. Randy enjoys the outdoor sports and travel. His columns are generally of life experiences with a touch of humor.
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