Six years ago before grandchildren started coming family members wondered how Clark and Phil would handle newborn babies. Would they be allowed to hold them? Would they want to hold them? What if the baby cried or they got tired of holding them? I wondered too. Well, we soon found out. B & A had the first baby. When we all converged on the new parents in the hospital and the hours-old baby girl we took turns holding her, ooohing and ahhhing and declaring her the cutest grandbaby ever born, and then we heard Clark asking if he could have a turn holding the baby. The time had arrived. “Wash your hands.” “Sit down.” “Don’t stand up and start walking.” “Be careful!!!” And then the baby was handed to him while the parents hovered. That was six babies ago. Now we know how Clark will behave.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Clark. It is one innocent spirit communicating with another.
Here is Clark with #5--so carefully holding this precious baby who entered the world at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. He is the baby that Phil is looking at in the last picture.
Here is Clark with grandbaby #3.
Phil likes to hold them when they are a little bit older. Here he is with grandchild #1.
I love this picture of Phil with our first grandson. He is enjoying watching him. Another picture taken at about the same time shows Phil gently touching his small ear.