This poem was written by John for his grandson Aaron Nathanial Dowrick. In this video John reads the poem with his great-nephew Will Mark Fielding on his knee. Little Will was born on the 28th of January 2011, this video was filmed on Sunday 20th February 2011.
The poem tells the story of an old man who has found a new lease of life through the birth of his grandson and he looks back at his days and sees that all the problems were really lessons he learned from on his way to being a grandfather. Now he has a grandson and he is delighted, he says a prayer to God asking that the boy be spared the suffering of this world and that when he too reaches old age God will grant him too the pleasure of having a grandchild to cuddle. Then he too will be Grandpa Grumps.
This next poem is all about a little Teddy Bear that the angels sent to young Will, it was a special present as he was born premature and had to spend some time in the hospitals intensive care unit before he could go home to mummy and daddy. John tells the story in verse of how the guardian angels of this lovely little boy found BooBoo and put his date of birth on his foot as the bear was so forgetful and they wanted him to remember that he too was born on Will’s birthday the 28th January 2011. You can visit the website of the shop that made the teddy bear to special order, just click on this link: http://www.daydream-dolls.co.uk/page14.html