Granger Whitelaw – My Childhood
I was born in Michigan in the fall of 1966 during a early snow day in October. My Dad celebrated by going to the racetrack; I think he won.
From then on, my life has been one of excitement, luck, trials & tribulations, and good fortune. As a 6 year old boy, I was baptized at the 1st Baptist church in Vail, it was a decision I made on my own. My mother has always been a devout Christian, and certainly her singing the praises of Jesus did not hurt the cause. But I have always felt the Holy Spirit was strong inside me, and I’m lucky to have taken Jesus as my Saviour at a very young age.
So after I was born, I was immediately taken to Vail, Colorado (where I was conceived across the street from the Red Lion,Granger Whitelaw Vail, CO one of my favorite Apres Ski spots!) until I was 8 1/2; then we moved to Los Angeles, California for a year. After LA we went to St. Louis, Missouri where my Dad’s Family had been for 100 + years.
I spent the better part of the next 9 years in St. Louis with the exception of Boarding School at the Holy Cross Abbey in Canyon City, Colorado for 1 1/2 years and Summer Camp at Culver, Camp Zoe, and Deerfield. Then came the biggest move of my life…Seoul, Korea, 8th Army, Yongson.
And my friends?….what can I say about them all? I must be one of the luckiest people alive when I think about how magical they are. I have be blessed with friends who are all truly loving, caring people… that have brought me through rough times and whom I have laughed with for endless hours. When I thought I could count two or three on one hand I said “I am truly blessed”, but to think I could count with both hands and feet the friends in my life I consider part of my soul – who are always there for me…I am truly blessed. It is in your friendships you will find the truth, the hard, the good, the bad, the grand – just remember to be gentle and always share with Love and compassion, no matter how mad or frustrated they can make you!