Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 1, 2014

Someone is watching you

The Valentine’s Day gift bag was almost weightless, but it contained a heavy reality. Below the pretty paper at the top was a tiny baby outfit emblazoned with the words, “Little ’Nole (coming in the 2014 season.’”

That’s the creative prop that my daughter and son-in-law used to inform me that I will become a grandpa on or around Oct. 3. I couldn’t be more delighted.

Many of my friends have been grandparents for several years. I always enjoyed hearing them say things like, ‘My granddaughter is the prettiest girl in the world’ or ‘My grandson can knock the cover off of a baseball.’”

Although I look forward to joining the club of graying braggarts, my membership will come with a bit of trepidation. My aim will be to make my grandchild as proud of me as I expect to be of him or her.

Upon learning the news of our family’s blessing, my thoughts immediately turned to a poem entitled “A Little Fellow Follows Me.” My maternal grandfather kept a copy of it in his billfold, a fact I didn’t know until many years after his death in 1974. My grandmother gave me the yellowing piece of paper it was typed on shortly before she passed away a couple of years ago.

Lee Fisher’s poem, which ought to be kept at the forefront of every man’s mind, reads as follows:

A careful man I want to be;

A little fellow follows me;

I dare not go astray,

For fear he’ll go the selfsame way.

I cannot once escape his eyes;

Whate’er he sees me do, he tries;

Like me he says he wants to be  —

The little fellow who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine —

Believes in every word of mine;

The base in me he must not see —

The little fellow who follows me.

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