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Pop Pop is as excited as a little boy

I am a proud grandparent of new twin boys and decided to use today’s column to exercise publisher’s privileges for a belated birth announcement.

Truman and Trent were born Sept. 8, the first children of my daughter Sara and her partner, Rachel. Though seven weeks early, they were both around 4 and a half pounds at birth.

The parents call me Pop Pop the Third, as my name changed from Michael just as my dad’s and my grandfather’s name changed with the birth of their grandchildren.

My daughter Sara has wanted children for years and her biological clock has been ticking, as she recently turned 38. Friday I head to Florida for my first in-person meeting, and I am as giddy and excited as a little boy on Christmas morning.

I first became “Pop Pop” at the all-too-young age of 48 when my son’s wife, Melissa, gave birth to Caleb 14 years ago. I was not ready to be a grandfather then. I was way too young and in the prime of my career.

My own grandfathers were 72 and 56, respectively, when I was born. They both seemed quite old and grandfatherly by the time I could first remember them. I think 63 is the perfect age to be a grandparent for the first time.

I missed out on a chunk of Caleb’s life living more than 1,000 miles away most of his life. We did have a real kick when he was here for summer vacation, and we will make that our new tradition.

Truman and Trent will be a different story. We will spend more quality time together. After all, I most likely will be retired or at least semi-retired by the time they are 5.

I have made it a new habit to FaceTime every Sunday with the twins. The magic of modern video phone allows me to watch them quickly grow. This Sunday we made eye contact. I could swear Truman was smiling at me, although I suppose it was gas.

We would like to publish your family and life milestones just as I have done today. Just email us at community@postindependent.com with your details and attach a 200 dpi photograph.

Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent.

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