I'm delighted to announce the birth of my first grandchild who was born on Sunday evening. As such, I thought I would write a few words to welcome him into the world and also pass on some advice which either I wished I'd known earlier in life or had followed myself. Feel free to impart any useful advice you may have in the 'Comments' below.
"Welcome to the world little James Francis Buxton.
We've been waiting for you and we are overjoyed you are finally here.
You are loved by so many - most importantly your mother and father.
You have the good fortune to be the first-born child to wonderful parents.
They are warm and caring; they hold dear their family and their friends.
They know how to enjoy life, and they are fun to be with.
Furthermore, they are intelligent, responsible, and hard-working.
Your home will be filled with love and laughter and learning.
You are also my first grandchild and that makes you very special to me.
You give me the gift of knowing my own son as a parent.
You bestow upon me the cherished role of grandfather.
As your grandfather, I will love you forever and will always delight in you.
I look forward to sharing in your explorations and discoveries of the world
I will celebrate your triumphs and successes and as long as I live, will also be there to pick you up when you fall.
I will feel joy and pride in seeing how the world is a better place because of your contributions to it.
In fact the world is already a better place now – just because you have arrived.
You have been fortunate to come to a place, a country and a family that
will offer you a lifetime filled with opportunity.
Never forget that, never waste it or take it for granted.
There are so many that will never be given that chance.
We have high expectations of you. But don't be daunted.
Be confident in all that you do. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you too.
When you are older, travel as much as possible and as far as possible.
Discover new places and learn about other people.
Read constantly and about everything. Knowledge is the key to so many things.
Consult widely and then make balanced, reflective decisions; remembering
first that not everything you will read, hear or see (even from credible sources)
Know your own mind and have the courage to follow through on your decisions, even if others try to deter you.
Know the difference between decisions of the heart and decisions of the mind. Sometimes they can be confusing. Decisions of the heart are illogical, but you will be able to look yourself in the mirror after making them. Decisions of the mind are emotionless, based on your past experience and the facts and information you have available to you at that point in time. As a general rule, when it comes to love, make decisions of the heart. In business or critical decision making occasions, make decisions of the mind.
The future holds great promise and it all belongs to you.
You won't initially be able to see that. So be guided by your parents and
We have walked the road (some of us more than others!) and can guide
you along the way.
Welcome to the world, my little James. I'll love you forever"