Laundry James is a man who has lived as the only male person in his family. He was in a company of his two sisters, four daughters, and two granddaughters. Being in such a company has been part and parcel of his life. He never complained as he got used to it, that life of only the women around him.
The fact that he was the only man around must have taught him virtues of patience and compassion, but somehow he felt lonely. You can imagine his situation to live in that family for the better part of his life. However, something came as a surprise to him. Was God working to give him a male companion? His prayers must have been heard, only that he had not realized the answer.
One of his daughters by the name Carie Elbe realized that she was expecting a baby boy after doctor’s examination. What would you have been your action if you were her? Disclose this to the father? It may have been a good choice for her to keep this a surprise for her grandfather. A surprise of a lifetime that would have been.
Keeping the gender of the expected baby a secret could not last forever, and Elbe only had about nine months. Finally, the D-day came when finally everyone would know the gender of the baby if all the delivery process went on well. You can guess it already. She brought a “real” guest to the family. The news of a baby boy spread in the entire village to end the anxiety that was in every member of the household. Celebrations and merry as they welcomed the baby to be number two male member of the family.
Grandpa Laundry’s reaction to the news left everyone shocked. His celebration was one of its kind that will always bring memory. Elbe was satisfied too as she met her goal. She kept it secret by all means that even forced her to lie to the grandpa about the gender of the baby. Landry insisted in knowing the gender, but he won’t succeed. Courageously, her granddaughter told him “I am expecting another girl.” Who could withstand such a pressure if you knew for sure what the outcome would be?
By a coincident, Elbe delivery date was on the same date that her grandpa was celebrating his birthday. Straight away we can guess the name of the newborn. To Laundry, this was not just like any other surprise, but a precious one. His other little granddaughters knew of this secret, but they too could not open the basket. What a day for Landry!
It was in disbelief that grandpa received the news. He ran short of breath when he realized that a male family member to take after his personality has finally arrived. After several years of “loneliness” at last, he has a partner with whom they can share the family tradition. A special day to him, and indeed it was a memorable day.
Carie and her husband decided to give the grandpa the last honor so that he could remain in people’s sight and mind just as many families do to honor their grandparents. They named the boy Landry James, just as you had anticipated if you had it right. To grandpa, no any other gift that could exceed the honor that was bestowed on him.
At this point, your imagination can be read with ease. The picture of the old man dancing his lifetime song is in your mind. Luckily enough, there is a video clip captured by someone who had expected that kind of mixed reactions. Maybe he or she was alerted by Carie who knew all about the plan. She had anticipated her father’s reaction, and we can courageously link the video shooting to have been organized by her. You can now watch the video clip below as it tells more than can be described by words.
Those were the hilarious moments that comes once in a while in a life of an old man like Landry. He did celebrate with all his might. My opinion is that he must have had a peaceful sleep the night that followed the event. Those were the moment that he could have offered to bring anything he could for celebration being that everything became so coincidental.
Let us hear your comments in the comment block below. Was it a good thing for Carie to keep this special moment from the old man that long? What do you think Landry would have done had he gained the knowledge of expecting a baby boy before the birth date? To some extent, his granddaughter did an honorable thing in my opinion.
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