Tag: Family

  • Silence on the Hill

    Silence on the Hill

    I pulled the black ski mask down over my face to fight off the biting cold. When I heard the sounds of twigs snapping, I knew the little boys were close by. As I stood up from the log I had been resting on, I picked up the axe with my right hand. Grateful for…

  • Stinky Fish

    Stinky Fish

    I leaned over the side of the boat. Again. I fail to understand why anyone thinks this is getting back to nature. If it is, then nature stinks. Literally. I tripped over the bucket of fish on my way back to the front of the boat. The bump rising on my forehead was just one…

  • Front and Center

    Front and Center
  • 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…

  • The Sound of Taps

    The Sound of Taps

    I carried a big stone as I walked toward the curb. Using it to hold down a corner of the blanket, I sat down cross legged and stared down the sidewalk. I spotted my cousins and began waving my arms until they saw me. As they ran to me, I jumped up to stretch the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Falling in Love Again

    Falling in Love Again

    It seems like yesterday that I met you. Holding you in my arms was the ultimate adrenaline rush. It still is. It’s not like I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been with four others before you arrived on the scene. Each of these relationships brought challenges and rewards – but whenever a new love…

  • Playing Cards With Grandma

    Playing Cards With Grandma

    “Why are you moving the King, Grandma?” “That’s how you play Solitaire. Watch what happens when I move it.” “Wow! Another card is there. How did you do that?” Aiden asked. “When you move a card that has one underneath it, the bottom one flips over so you can see it.” Our latest visit to…