My favorite title these days is "grandfather", or "Poppy" as my family affectionately calls me.
It's the most important title since I was first designated as a father many years ago.
My grandson, Sean James, 21-months-old, is still a little young to express his feelings about his grandfather and grandmother. But it won't be long. He's still speaking in his own language, but soon he'll adopt ours or else we'll figure out his.
Kids say the darndest things. At least that's what Art Linkletter used to say. And it's probably true. Here's some comments about grandparents that a group of eight-year-olds wrote for their teacher.
What is a grandparent?
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.
A grandfather is a man and a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'
They don't say, 'Hurry up.'
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don't have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
Uninsured cars off the road
Here's some real food for thought on an important subject.
Recently, the City of Dallas, Texas, passed an ordinance stating that if a driver is pulled over by law enforcement and is not able to provide proof of insurance, the car is towed.
To retrieve the car after being impounded, they must show proof of insurance to have the car released. This has made it easy for the City of Dallas to remove uninsured cars.
Shortly after the "No Insurance" ordinance was passed, the Dallas impound lots began to fill up and were full after only nine days. Most of the impounded cars were driven by illegals.
Not only must they provide proof of insurance to have their car released, they have to pay for the cost of the tow, a $350 fine, and $20 for every day their car is kept in the lot.
Dallas' solution gets uninsured drivers off the road WITHOUT making them show proof of nationality.
The reader who sent this along wonders how the ACLU or the Justice Department will get around this one.