Childhood Dreams Fulfilled and a Ferry Ride

 

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My last day as Captain Dad for a while. Saying goodbye to this airplane is like saying farewell to an old friend.

I happen to believe that this is all a part of God’s plan, more or less; at least, I hope that whatever it is that I am doing fits His purposes in one way or another.  One thing is for sure:  Disrupting events aren’t always bad things.  Sometimes they are very good. Continue reading “Childhood Dreams Fulfilled and a Ferry Ride”

Valentine’s Day: You Are a Prize

PrizeYou are a prize!  You are not a decoration for some guy to display on Valentine’s Day, a prop to demonstrate to his buddies that he is a man.  You are a prize to be won.  You are worthy─ worthy of respect, care, love and adoration.  You are deserving of all of these things day in and day out, not just on Valentine’s Day.  Continue reading “Valentine’s Day: You Are a Prize”

Breaking Dams and Sister Time

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An homage to the Bard himself: “Now is the winter of our discontent”

I know that there is a beautiful and sensitive woman in that confused teenage frame.  Maybe I just need to be a better father to help you see it.  I know other fathers must go through this as well, but I can’t help but think that I am exceptionally poor at trying to help you find your way. Continue reading “Breaking Dams and Sister Time”

Accepting Unacceptable

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If I can’t be home, at least there is coffee

Time owns us, in a sense.  It is the one resource that we cannot make more of.  In some ways, I think I am more sensitive to time’s passage than many others; my experiences with loss and my professional life have made me keenly aware of the perishability of both time and our own lives.  So, I am jealous that time dictates the time I have with you.  I wish I could partition off a piece of spacetime, and in doing so reserve a place of impassibility where we could spend our special moments in one another’s company. Continue reading “Accepting Unacceptable”

Quarreling in Love

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True love finds a way, no matter the obstacle

 Never lose sight of the fact that you are in love with the unpleasant side of a person as well as the side that is noble and agreeable.  We must love the whole of the person.  We cannot cleave them down the middle when the mood suits us. Continue reading “Quarreling in Love”

Christmas Past, Christmas Future: The Real Gifts

Twas_the_Night_Before_Christmas_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_17135My favorite Christmas memories have been those holidays spent with you, no matter how lean the times were.  I cherished taking you to church and holding your hands as we listened to the familiar verses from Luke and Isaiah.  I never missed reading to you from my copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas.  I would spend hours penning letters to you from Santa Claus, sometimes finishing minutes before you awoke.  Those times are some of the most rewarding moments I have spent alive.  Continue reading “Christmas Past, Christmas Future: The Real Gifts”

On Forgiveness

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“The Life Line” by Winslow Homer

In neglecting to forgive myself, I am refusing to enjoy the gift of the day which God has given me, regarding it instead as a gift not worthy of my time and thankfulness.  Rather, I am making the easier choice to wallow in a far more imperfect world of my own creation, all for the fear of letting go of what He himself has rightfully released me from.   Continue reading “On Forgiveness”