Ups and Downs

20140105_151935Here’s what I’ve seen in the past weeks:

  • One friend lost her job.
  • One friend received a promotion.
  • One marriage is falling apart.
  • One unborn child died.
  • One friend has rectal cancer.
  • One friend had surgery for prostate cancer.
  • One friend lost his father.
  • Sunny and warm days can turn into winter wonderlands overnight.
  • Dark times are always, always followed by sunny days.

And here’s what I’ve learned as a result of all this:

  • Life and health are frail.
  • Marriages are hard.
  • Winter wonderlands are beautiful…if only for a few days.
  • Life always ends in death.
  • In between birth and death, we make the most of every moment or we don’t…it’s our choice.

What will I learn next week?

Day 80 – Mothers’ Day

2013.05.12Today is Mothers’ Day and my kids (when they are good they are Mine) did something very special for their mother today.  First, they all dressed up and came to church with her.  She loves to have her family together and it made the day very special.

Second, they took her to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and enjoyed the exhibits and the grounds.

As I write this, they are preparing Salmon and Vege’s with a salad of spinach and strawberries.

While they were all out gallivanting around the county, I stayed home to mow my yard, set out the lawn chairs and do what I do best:  Yard Work.

In the end, I walked four miles, pushing the mower, weed eater and blower the entire time.  It was a good work out!

I think we all had a great day when all was said and done.

Day 79 – Prepping the Peppers, Cooking the Coffee

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday was quite full.

We started our morning by working on kitchen cabinets and drawers.  The kitchen make-over is moving forward, whether we want it to or not.

After a quick shower and change, we drove to my in-laws’ home for some lunch (I ate several pieces of Vege pizza and a good salad) and a chat.  My father-in-law was quick to show of his square foot garden, filled with onion sets, cucumbers and radishes.  It was a nice visit.

Next we drove to my parents’ home for a visit.  While my wife and mother sat in the living room talking, my dad and I went to the garage to work on a table saw that needed some prep work before he delivers it to my garage in a couple weeks.

We made our way home, stopping to pick up some sushi and a bottle of wine for our late dinner.  We watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader to end our evening.

It was really a very nice day…However, one thing did stand out to me.  We traveled to Randolph County to visit mothers and I spent more time with fathers.  This isn’t completely unusual in the case of my family, as my dad always has a project or two that we can attend.  But at both places, both Fathers received more time than the Mothers.

It isn’t good or bad.  It just is what it is.  I’m sure on Father’s Day, the Mothers will get their turn.

The bad part of the story is that I didn’t walk, run or otherwise move my body.  It was definitely a day with more input than output.

I see a yard that needs mowing tomorrow, and my kids have kicked me out when it comes to celebrating with their mother (as if I didn’t have anything to do with their birth).  So I’ll have the day to myself and the yard is calling my name.  I see a full afternoon of walking in my future, and I’m very happy about that!

Day 78 – A High Point of My Week

Mr. White and Ms. Robinson have been fantastic influencers of my son's life and I can never thank them enough.
Mr. White and Ms. Robinson have been fantastic influencers of my son’s life and I can never thank them enough.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my friend Dave suggested I walk each morning.  While I wasn’t able to do this every day (today primarily), I was able to get in a few miles four of the five days this week.  And I can really tell a difference.  So, I would suggest you stop reading this blog and read Dave’s…He’s much smarter than me.

However, since you are already here, let’s talk about the day and how it is going.  I’ve lost a couple pounds this week and I give all the credit to the walking.

I’ve kept my chin up, despite frustrations and tense meetings…And I give credit to the walking.

I’ve made it through several 14 hour days with hardly touching a foot in my house and I give credit to the fact that I’m planning on sleeping a lot this weekend.

Those things are all well and good, but the highlight of my week occurred tonight.

Let’s get one thing clear; my kids are not immortality symbols.  But when your boy is honored by his teacher, in front of several hundred people, it causes a guy’s chest to puff up a bit.  And tonight, I’m extremely proud of my son.

Ben received a big honor tonight from his band director and I couldn’t hold back a few tears as he received “The MVP Award”.

Ben’s a great guy.  He loves music and it shows. That’s why this past year Ms. Robinson took a chance on Ben and invited him to be her student assistant.  And true to form, Ben didn’t disappoint her.  She offered her trust and he excelled in every way.

His achievement serves as a reminder that we all could benefit from a chance now and then.  And if no one will give it to us, there isn’t any reason we can’t reach out and take our own chance from time to time.  It just might pay off.

Day 63 – A Long Road

2013.04.25My day was HUGE!!  Starting at 7:00 in the very early morning I picked up our ultrasound tech and all her equipment and we made two home visits, finishing up just in time for lunch in the office.

My next few hours was spent responding to emails and preparing for my weekly meeting that always requires a hand full of Tums to survive.

Once that meeting was over, I loaded the car again, this time with my sleep equipment.  I drove to Bloomington, Indiana where I connected a patient to an in-home sleep monitor, thanked the patient for their participation in our study and drove the two hours home.

Walking through my door at 10 o’clock at night, I decided I’d done my fair share of work for the day and am going to call it quits for another 6 hours while I sleep.

Tomorrow won’t be as long but just as many miles as I head back to Bloomington to pick up my equipment.

There is never a dull moment.