“Susan, the clicker isn’t working,” my dad said as he handed me the TV remote. Ronald Reagan was president and I was mid-college, but the seemingly insignificant conversation has stuck with me all these years.
There may not be anything more boring than a mom or dad whose sole topic of conversation is about their amazing kids. For the love of all that is holy, just give a rest. We get it: Your kids are the best and the brightest — at least in your brain they are.
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Kids were running all over an indoor athletic training facility on a field divided in half by a large floor-to-ceiling net. On the left side of the net was a lacrosse league, and to the right, a baseball team. I sat and watched both practices for a while, taking inventory of the equipment being used. Based on what I was seeing, I figured that several thousand dollars were out on that field.
My heart is saddened with the passing of Nelson LaVert “Fuzzy” Thompson. He was a giant among men not only in stature, but most especially in his humility, ethics, religious morality and his steadfast commitment to rid the world of racism.
An overheard phone conversation, full of shared tee-hee-hees about a boy, tell Dad that his little girl is growing up. But she’s only 10, and for the love of God, girls that age aren’t supposed to be interested in those sorts of things. Are they?
We are the products of parents who were creative, free-thinking and intelligent middle-incomers who preferred tolerance to prejudice, open-mindedness to stodgy tradition and traveling to home improvement.
Did you know the date when you decide to take your holiday decorations down says a lot about you? I sure didn’t. I just assumed that folks eventually got around to it. Of course, I’ve been known to make snide comments about people who still have a Christmas tree in their living room and outdoor inflatables littering their yard on Valentine’s Day.