In the past few years, longtime newsman Ian Haysom had an epiphany.
“The small things in life are the important things,” said Haysom. “Not career, not money, not fame, not ambition; it’s the small stuff.”
Small stuff like swimming sessions and routine bike rides with his grandkids. Haysom entered grandfatherhood just over a decade ago — a phase that’s opened his eyes in many ways.
“They insinuate themselves into your heart, and suddenly you’re a grandfather and loving it,” said Haysom.
The semi-retired journalist and former news director is embracing his latest role as “Grandpa Haysom.”
And the new gig has provided plenty of fresh content for his new book Grandfathered: Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood.
“It wasn’t the book people expected me to write – I’m supposed to be writing about big J Journalism and everything else, but I had a summer with my first granddaughter and then thought, there’s a good book here,” said Haysom.
Through the years, three more grandkids arrived, and the writing continued. He finished the book this past summer and calls it a lighthearted look at life as a granddad, featuring many personal stories, lessons learned and insights including how his generation of baby boomers are changing the grandparenting game.
“One of the big messages in this book, I hope, is that we are not our grandparents. Our grandparents weren’t as participatory as we are. We’re going to live a lot longer.”
And for anyone entering the grandparenting chapter of life, Haysom offers some words of wisdom.
“Being a grandfather is worth growing old for.”