This is a post by Michael Glover
With my son Jackson Gregory soon to arrive via UPS or however he’s getting here. I have been thinking about all the traditions Megan and I will continue and start with him.
Traditions are great; they help kids define who they are and what their family believes. It’s important for children to join in with their parents carrying on whatever traditions they have, or are starting. It’s all about getting a sense of family and belonging.
About this time every year, my little brother, Geoff, starts sending little reminder texts of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the tradition we established years ago. Every thanksgiving, the Glover boys whether together or apart, watch the movie “Hoosiers”. Why? It’s our tradition.
When the Glovers write letters, birthday cards, and anything else involving words, to other Glovers we always end it by writing, “you’re one of my most precious treasures”. My Mother started that and it’s something I hope the Glovers continue until the twinkling of the eye and sound of the trumpet.
The first tradition Jackson Gregory participates in will take place in the delivery room.
As soon as he is born, and after the doctors have made sure he’s good to go. I am going to pick this precious little guy up in my arms and hand him to my Mother.
My mother will take her grandson in her arms and say, “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI Echad”. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” (Deut. 6:4 KJV)
They define us.