On a much happier note: my daughter Sarah gave birth to her first child, a son, Lane Tucker Dulin, this past Wednesday, December 7 (easy date to remember). Lane weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was delivered by Caesarean section after about 12 hours of labor. Mom and baby are fine.
This is my first grandchild. In keeping with the ancient and honorable tradition of the Hicks family, I will be known to this young man as Papaw.
I turned 50 in October. My own papaw, Rev. Kenneth Hicks, died just shy of his 50th birthday (I was not quite 7 when he passed). I thank the Lord that He allowed me to see this day.