Tag: everyday life

  • Grandpa Still Carves the Turkey

    Grandpa Still Carves the Turkey

    The vibration of the wheels on the old hardwood floors brought a silence to the house. As everyone gathered around, grandpa rolled into the living room. The Parkinson’s had slowed him down physically. Well, slowed is not the right word – he suffered from the jerking and bobbing that comes with the disease – his…

  • Face to Face

    Face to Face

    I reached for the potatoes. Baked potatoes for dinner. That works. I am tired of being by myself. But I do have to eat. I could have left over tacos, or the spaghetti…but I’m not in the mood for leftovers. As I reached into the bag of potatoes, I realized that this was just one…

  • Grandpa Socks

    Grandpa Socks

    I felt the hot sand under my feet and wondered why it didn’t seem to bother the little ones. Here at the lakeside with three of my grandchildren, the youngest not even two years old. They played in the water and the sand, completely unaware of the inherent risks in the fun. I stepped into…

  • Black Sheep – On the Outside, Looking In

    Black Sheep – On the Outside, Looking In

    If you are the black sheep of the family, no one actually has to tell you. You know. As a matter of fact, it has been told to you for years – but no words may have ever been spoken about it at all. Regardless, it is no secret. I am a black sheep. Only…

  • The Most Important Thing

    The Most Important Thing

    Sometimes we miss the most important thing. On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers – whether adoptive or biological – but our own mother, in some way. Then there are many of us who honor a wife because she is the mother to our children. Flowers, brunch, greeting cards. Is that all there is? Is one…

  • Weekend of Rest

    Weekend of Rest

    I’ve been working in Wyoming for a few months now. Seven months a full 365 miles from my home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 365 miles one way from my wife, not to mention my son, his wife and three wonderful grandkids… If you had ever suggested to me that I would be this far away…

  • Freedom Reigns

    Freedom Reigns

    A few months ago, as I drove from Colorado Springs to my job in Wamsutter, Wyoming, I endured the screams of a young kitten named Tuxedo, calling out from his carrier. He wanted his freedom. And he knew that I could give it to him, if I wanted. He didn’t realize that the reason he…

  • Go With the Flow

    Go With the Flow

    “Please ask your boss if you can have the time off, Grandpa.” “Aiden, it’s not just the time off, honey. I also need enough money to buy an airline ticket or to buy gas to drive…” “But, Grandpa, I have an idea…If you start driving as soon as the sun comes up, then stop at…

  • Blind Faith

    Blind Faith

    At least that’s what it seemed to be. But my blind faith was directly relative to my being able to see the back-end of the 18-wheeler ahead of me. My first winter drive, a few months back, across I-80 in Wyoming included what has been referred to as a “white out.” I had never seen…

  • Follow the Leader

    Follow the Leader

    “Go .3 miles and turn right.” “Go .7 miles and turn left.” *** Taking my grandson to his Cub Scout meeting should not be an adventure, but having no inner compass – well, it’s not so much fun. I had been to this meeting place once before – over a month ago. Way back off…