I emptied out my pockets and there on my dresser was his last gift. I looked at the coffee shop gift card and remembered the birthday card it came in a scant two years ago. It was the last gift I received from my older brother, Dan. He died earlier this year and it seems like each day I remember something about him. And today I remembered this, his last gift.He had heard that after years of … [Read more...] about The Last Gift
The other day I was handed a wallet-sized school photo of my 2nd grader grandson. The picture brought back a flood of memories. Suddenly I was standing in line at the beginning of a new school year in the best of my new wardrobe, waiting for my turn to sit before the big camera and the photographer dressed up in a suit. They would usually say something to get me to smile and after the first couple … [Read more...] about PICTURE DAY!
When I was much younger, …I began working 40 hours a week in a factory. I started in May but the factory shut down for two weeks in July and since I had only worked two months I was looking at two weeks of no paycheck. I began working at a convenience store to pick up a few hours and then I heard about an elderly lady named Mrs. Connelly that needed someone to paint her garage. I had some … [Read more...] about Chicken Pot Pie
People inherit many things from their parents. And its not always tangible assets. I have things I’ve inherited from my mother, like an itchy scalp, or from my father my itchy nose and from both, my big feet. But, in general I’ve inherited most of my physical traits from my father. My allergies, my lack of hair on the top of my head and my tendency to mumble all come from my Dad.But the other day … [Read more...] about Dad’s Wave
He was there the day I was brought home from the hospital, almost 21 months my senior. Danny, as the story goes, heard the grown-ups talking about me as they oohed and aahed over my crib. Then somebody said, “Oh, he looks thirsty!”Little toddler Danny ran to the bathroom, pulled his little bench up to the sink and poured water into his little drinking cup. Sloshing as he ran back to my crib he … [Read more...] about Danny and Me
Sunday nights in southwest Kansas were quiet fifty some years ago. A relaxed feeling came over our house as the weekend came to a close. We all went to church Sunday mornings without question. But Sunday night’s church was optional. Mom would always go but Dad liked to stay home. And my two brothers and sister and I could choose. Sometimes I went to church to see a friend but I also liked to stay … [Read more...] about Sunday Nights With Dad and Disney