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How A Boy, His Grandfather And A Bottle Of Port Reminded Me Of My Blessings

There are moments in our lives that move us.  Moments that quietly present us with a gift so magical that they weave themselves onto a permanent patch of our heart.

A boy and a grandfather port

If we listen very carefully and quietly, we may notice that these unforgettable moments are shouting to us as if to say, “Hey, I’m about to do something grand, so live in the NOW because you won’t want to miss this.”

Last night I had such moments. And as they busily attached themselves onto my heart, I realized they would sum up best what my past year has been all about.

Blessings.

My son was born in 1992, and this month he turned 21.  At the time of his birth my father, a wine aficionado, knew that the year 1992 was a great year for vintage port.  He presented us, and our infant son, with a case of it, and affixed a handmade sign to the top of the crate that looked something like this:

Boy Grandfather port crate sign

Through the years we’ve talked of how this vintage port will taste after 21 years, how luscious it’s fruity flavors will feel on our tongues, and how we’d marvel at its rich and velvety texture.

Boy Grandfather port crate sign

Carefully decanting the port to remove any sediment

The anticipation was palpable.

The moment had finally arrived.

Last night we dined over Chinese food at my parent’s apartment. It was an intimate and informal gathering of the five of us.

To me, the stars of the show were not the food or the conversation.  It was not the pleasantries exchanged, the sports scores watched or the discussion about The Kennedy Center honorees.

As we slowly sipped our first tastes of this extraordinary port, I drank in the moments that were presenting themselves to me as a perfect year-end gift.

I lovingly watched these two men talk and sip, being ever so mindful to realize what was happening right in front of me.

While everyone is busy publishing their year-end reviews, “best” of series, top 10 lists, what they did and who they spoke to in 2013, my post is a very simple one.

JordanandDadandport2013.jpg

It’s about a boy and his grandfather, and the opening of a bottle of vintage port.

It’s about two of the blessings I have in my life. And their gift to me of a new patch on my heart.

What are your blessings?

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40 thoughts on “How A Boy, His Grandfather And A Bottle Of Port Reminded Me Of My Blessings

  1. Walker Thornton

    Lovely. You are so right about special memories.

    My blessings, like yours, are my sons. I had one here with me this weekend and it was good. He was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma this summer; days after his 32nd birthday. It was early, they got it all but it’s impossible not to worry about a reoccurrence. He’s a young father with another baby on the way–and he lost his dad, tragically, 2 months earlier. It has been a tough year. And yet we are looking ahead with plans and hopefulness while relishing the present. That is my blessing.
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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      My prayers are going out to you, your son and his family, and that he stays healthy and prosperous always.

      Our sons, and all of our loves ones, are our special blessings to us, Walker. We will never, I’m afraid, stop worrying about our children. But we have to keep our blessings with us in our hearts, along with positive thinking and surround ourselves with people that love and care about us.

      I send you all good wishes for the coming year~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      As long as they were happy tears, Emily, I am happy along with you!

      Thank you for your good wishes. I send you wishes of wonderful and magical moments with your family, and above all good health and inner peace.

      Best always~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Kathy, for your lovely comments and good wishes.

      I wish for you a new year filled with passion, joy and always peace. It’s been fun getting to know you!

      Best always~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Connie,

      Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you enjoyed my post.

      I wish you the brightest and most wonderful New Year!

      Hugs~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Marci. I just got off the phone with my dad and told him his tradition would live on in others. Be my guest – it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the lives that matter most to us.

      Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
      Cathy

  2. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I love this! What a lovely was to honor a 21st birthday. Th photo of Jordan and your dad is just priceless. Perfect post to close out the year.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Helene. I am so glad you enjoyed the post. It was an extraordinary night for me, and touched my heart in so many ways. One of my life’s greatest moments.

      Happy and Healthy New Year to you, my dear friend~
      Cathy

  3. Jhanis

    Wow, I choked on that one. What a beautiful moment. Today is my grandmother’s death anniversary and when she was still around she always said she would be there to watch me graduate from college, unfortunately she never made it. She died 4 months before my graduation day.
    You and your son are very blessed indeed. Wishing you a wonderful new year!
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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      I am so sorry for your loss, jhanis. A very difficult one, indeed. We love people unconditionally, and want them around forever. When they are not around we feel sad. One many levels I feel people I love surround me in different ways. Sounds strange but I believe it to be true.

      I am glad you enjoyed my post and that you shared your lovely story with me. You made me choke up!

      Many blessings to you now and always~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, Kerri! That means so much to me.

      It is a wonderful tradition, and he has always been generous of heart, and loves all of his 5 grandsons. What a wonderful way to be a grandfather.

      I hope you and your family enjoy a very happy and healthy New Year~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      What lovely comments, dear friend. Yes, the real value is in the blessings we have. And though we may have difficulties thrown our way, there are many blessings around us.

      Happy and Healthy New Year, Lisa!
      Cathy

    2. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Every single moment of connection is undoubtedly important, because life is too short not to jump on every second of joy, happiness and love.

      You have shared your lovely thoughts with me again, Lisa, and I (again) thank you for sharing them.

      Happy and Healthy New Year to you~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Lori. I love reading what you are thinking, and enjoy connecting with you this way. I am so glad you enjoyed my post!

      Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family.

      Best always~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      As long as it was a “nice” cry, Ronna! I am so glad you enjoyed my post. We are lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful men.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Claudia. As expected, the port was incredibly, extraordinarily delicious! It was everything I’d hoped it would be.

      Happy and Healthy New Year to you~
      Cathy

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Lois. It was quite an evening, and one I’d anticipated for a long time.

      Happy and Health New Year to you and your family~
      Cathy

  4. Bo

    Cathy, I have been a faithfully follower of your blog. You always inspire me and bring a smile to my face. Happy New Year! Cheers

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Bo,

      I am so happy you have been a faithful follower! What a lovely New Year’s gift for me to know.

      I am so glad I bring a smile to your face. You are a gem. You truly are.

      Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family~
      Cathy

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