By Danny Knight
I am 54 years old, and my first grandson Steven is four. He has been such a huge blessing in my life.
I had a below the knee amputation in 2009, and also wear a brace on my other leg. Three years ago I was almost unable to walk at all, used a scooter even around the house, weighed almost 400 pounds, took 40 pills and six shots a day, and was in worsening health. I was just surviving life, not enjoying it.
Steven’s birth made me take a hard look at things. I realized that if I wanted a chance to see him grow up I had to make major changes. I started working towards weight loss surgery. It took awhile, but I had my surgery in September 2012.
I now weigh about 240, the scooter is in the basement with the battery disconnected, I only take about 1/4 the medication I was taking, etc. We just went to Gulf Shores and Steven and I had a blast playing in the pool, walking out on the fishing pier, going on a dolphin cruise, etc.
I shared the “17 Lessons I (re)Learned From My Grandson” at my church. People enjoyed it, and our former pastor encouraged me to submit it to someone for publication. So I am.
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A dark room is not so scary when someone goes with you.
If you need help ask.
There is always time to play “just a little”, no matter how tired or busy you are.
Never hunt monsters alone.
It is not how well you play the game; it is how much fun you have playing it.
A hug from someone who is glad to see you will brighten any day.
Flashlights are fun.
When you ask for something, a “please” and a grin will help you get it.
Putting up your toys helps you find them next time.
If someone offers to help you, let them. It usually makes you both happier.
If something is “awesome” say so.
Any day you truly laugh becomes a better day.
The most important gift is time.
You don’t have to travel to have an adventure. With a little imagination adventures are everywhere.
Tell people that you love them. You both will feel better.
Being nice is always the right choice, even when it takes a little patience.
Love can allow you to do things you thought were impossible.