A Grown Man

Today is son #1’s birthday and he is 35 years old today.  When any of my son’s birthday come around, I am always amazed.  I am amazed these once little boys are now grown men.

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Where did the time go?

For me I once recalled the thought of time slowly passing by and therefore the many years to live would take a while to come and go.  I remember having these thoughts in my teenage years while going through the routine of school, work, some play and passing of dull days.

That slowly passing time continued and life event changes came and went and there was a marriage and babies were created and a divorce took place, not to mention a serious depression, and suicide attempts.

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During those life event changes, those created babies who grew into little boys have now grown into men.

Where did the time go?

Son #1 is 35 years old today.

I loved you when you were created and as a little boy, and I continue to love you now as a grown man.

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My love for you has never changed and never will.

Happy Birthday Son #1,

Dad

(NOTE: I am still in the hospital having my pain managed.  My hopes are that I will be released tomorrow (Sunday))

Downward Palms

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

Downward Palms

Downward Palms –

Palms will grow with light

Palms will grow with water

Palms will grow to great height

Palms will grow toward that which provides

Palms grow upward

Palms grow sideward

Palms growing downward

Palms growing downward, maybe deceiving

Palms growing sideward, maybe believing

Palms growing upward, always relieving

Opening and Closing the Garage Door

Yesterday I had to open and close the garage door manually.  Now for some people, this may seem insignificant or unimportant.  But I have to physically open and close and yes lock the garage door manually.  OMG, the automatic garage door is not working – what am I going to do?

I realized yesterday I have become accustomed to opening and closing my garage door automatically, and not putting any effort into doing this.  Until now; since it is no longer working.

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Let’s go back to yesterday!  Texas is receiving quite a bit of rain this week and it is Tuesday overnight and storms make their way through the Dallas area.  The thunder and lighting and heavy rain wake me about 3:00 AM.  I get out of bed and sit in the recliner for a while before I officially rise for the day.  Umm, the coffee did not start, did I forget to set it the night before?  No, but the clock on the coffee maker is off, but we have electricity because the digital clock on the oven is on.  Okay, the GFI is tripped, strange that has never occurred before.  Coffee is started, the start of the day is good – or so I thought.

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My routine is I drink coffee, exercise and meditate.  Not this morning; Gary and I have plans today and I have much to do this morning before we leave.  Upon finishing my coffee, I wake ‘Roxy’ (our Rat Terrier) to take her outside for her morning ‘business’.  I usually grab the pole and net and remove any leaves that may be in the pool while she is busy with her duties.  It is early morning, I need to turn on the pool light, the light does not come on.  Okay, what is going on?

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Back in the house and soon I find out, no TV, no internet and no home phone and several breakers and GFIs have tripped.  What is going on?

I try to reboot the modem to no success.  Then my wireless mouse and keyboard stop working and then I am in the kitchen and Gary comes in and turns the light on and one of them burns out.  I respond “This is going to be a bad day!”

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We need to leave for a busy day of activities and guess what; the garage door will not open.  The automatic garage door is not working, what is going on?

I unhook it and manually open and close, then lock and we leave.  Upon arriving back home later in the day, I walk through the front door and to the garage to manually unlock and open the garage door.  I then drive the truck into the garage and manually shut the garage door and lock it.

What a pain to have to manually open and close the garage door!

Oh but wait, I remember, there are people in South Texas with homes flooded, who would appreciate opening their garage doors manually.

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And there are people in other countries of the world who have lost everything due to earthquakes who would appreciate having a garage.

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It was not a bad day after all.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Cut.

Every fall, in our garden and our yard, some plants require cutting back.  Some are cut back to the ground to protect them from the cold winter that will be approaching soon.

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Others are cut back to a smaller size to prepare them for the next spring’s arrival.  The last couple of months of this past year we were extremely busy and I did manage to cut back some plants before the winter coldness hit.

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In late winter, additional cutting back will take place of those plants, mainly bushes that will soon start to display new growth.  They must be trimmed in order to maintain their current size and make room for new growth.

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With a new year, come new beginnings, new ideas, new relationships and new changes to our lives. Some changes we make through our New Year’s resolutions and others are waiting in the wings, to appear unexpectedly in our lives.  Some changes we plan well into the future and with them may require some cutting back of sorts.  Do you know what I mean?  Cutting back on the sweets, cutting back on work, cutting back on stress, cutting back on something that needs protecting that needs new growth.

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Sometimes for these new changes to come into our lives, we need to cut back, trim, protect, resize and reshape ourselves to protect ourselves from harm of the seasons and to make room for new growth.  I see this process in others and I see it in myself.  The process takes time; plants are easy to cut back and trim, but to do this within ourselves, not always easy, is it?

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The time and effort are worth it.  Plants in spring will benefit from the cutting back and the trimming.  As the warmth of the season grows so will the plants with abundance as it displays its beauty and healthy new growth as it once again becomes alive.  So true can it be for us as well; the time and effort are worth it.  The cutting back and the trimming within us brings new beauty and healthy new growth and we once again become alive.

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thisoldhouse.com has an article titled ‘How to Prune Small Trees and Shrubs’ that begins with the following –

Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Cut. A few minutes spent pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your yard, but it’s one of the most neglected tasks of homeowning. Why? Because for most of us, it’s a black art. The risks of butchery seem high, and the rewards low. “But pruning isn’t difficult,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “And what you get in return is thicker foliage, more flowers, and healthier plants.”

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I am slowly taking time to do some pruning and in return I look forward to me and my life becoming heathier, ready for new growth and a life full of thick foliage and vibrant flowers.