Grandsons make us Proud.
Grandsons listen to Family stories, even when they go on and on.
Grandsons Surprise and delight us, and sometimes shock us a little.
Grandsons know what’s Cool, and they keep us up on it, too.
Grandsons make us feel Important and wise.
Grandsons add Fun to any occasion.
Everybody should be Blessed with a grandson like you… By: anonymous
Some Family Trivia for our Very Special Grandson, Robert:
Robert, you are actually the fifth Robert Dickinson in our family’s recent ancestry lineage. You were born on 3 July, the 3rd anniversary of the passing of your great-grandfather, Robert Ditzler Dickinson, Jr., who was a very kind and generous man. Your great-grandfather, Robert, visited his grandchildren (your dad, Robert, and your brother Jeff, and your sister, Jennifer) on Saturdays bearing candies and fruit. And, in our early years of marriage, grandpap provided much towards Christmas for his beloved grandchildren.
Your great-great-grandfather was also named Robert Ditzler Dickinson. Your paternal great-grandmother, Janet, wife of Robert Ditzler, Jr., used to refer to her father-in-law as a reprobate! I believe she meant it unaffectionately and truly thought of him as an unscrupulous rascal. I cannot speak to her opinions of him because, unfortunately, my first face-to-face with him was at his funeral in November 1965 (about 14 months before your dad’s birth and six months after I wed your grandfather).
Your grandfather, Robert Joseph Dickinson, as you know, also at times acts quite rascally and many times younger than his years, but I refer to him in this way meaning he is playful and humorous–sometimes even nonsensical. In this regard, so is your dad, Robert Joseph II. Your dad is a super role model, a great parent, often opinionated, but a God-fearing and loving man who is wise beyond his years. We see these characteristics in you, too. And, we recognize your love for your family and your joy for the guy games that even today you play with your dad, your brothers, and even your grandfather, “Grand Hose”.
Your great-great- and great-grandfathers, (like your grandfather and your father) would definitely acknowledge your birthday by telling you how very proud of you they are just so very happy that you share their names, first and last. They, too, would relish in the fact that you changed our formerly somber 3 July to a day of celebrating yet another wonderful life in our family.