Monday, December 23, 2013

Daddies Occasionally Blow It

     We all blow it from time to time.  Unfortunately, I am not immune from this problem.  Pictured above is my elder son, Matthew.  He is generally a well behaved little boy, albeit a most enthusiastic and energetic one.  He has a motor that seems to run continuously from about seven in the morning until late evening.  Trying to keep him on a regular bedtime can be a chore.  We attempt to have him in bed along with his younger brother by 9:00 P.M. every evening; however, that is easier said than done.  The litany of excuses for getting out of bed sometimes seem endless.  The other night I became so perturbed by his refusal to go to sleep that I finally threatened to spank him.  Later, when I went into his room to check on him, I found a note on the door of his room, a real act of contrition.  In it he wrote, "Daddy, I am so sorry about this evening.  But I could not go to sleep without Junior."
     To really understand what he meant by this, one must know who Junior is.  Junior is his little teddy bear, a raggedy bear that he still has from his early childhood.  This teddy bear means so much to him; he has frequently rejected our suggestions that we buy a new bear to replace this worn out, dirty, old bear.  After a day filled with the excitement of numerous visiting children, when it came time for bed, he was unable to locate his Junior.  Knowing how much Junior means to him, I hunted all over for him to no avail.  I had to finally tell him that he had to go to bed without his Junior.  He did not fuss much, but he was up and out of his bed frequently until the threat of a spanking hung over him.  However, when I went into his room, I found him with my old flannel shirt wrapped around him in lieu of his Junior.  The next morning as he came out of his room, he said, "At least I had something to think of you with me last night, Daddy."  Perhaps I was a bit harsh upon him this time.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Excitement

     My two boys have really gotten into the mood for the season this last week.  Their excitement and energy has been boundless as they look forward to the Christmas holidays although my younger son became a little worried when he learned that we would have a whole week off and more from school.  He said, But Daddy, I want to go to school which was a nice change from some of his complaints lately.  However, both boys are excited about having a break and mostly about their Christmas gifts.  About a week ago, they both came to me with lists they had printed of everything they wanted for Christmas.  Needless to say, they will not get nearly all of what asked for, but they are still excited for whatever they get.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Autumn Sky

    With tonight's weather forecast of a winter storm and bitterly cold weather descending upon us for the next seven days, I could not help but hearken back to only a little over a month ago when we experienced beautiful blue skies with just a hint of chill in the air.  Just  a beautiful fall day with a sky that provided a special backdrop for some snapshots on a trip to Jamestown for our boys.  It was a beautiful day, cool but not cold, with a bright sun and a high blue sky streaked with a few cirrus clouds.  Today we had similar temperatures, maybe slightly warmer, albeit with leaden skies following a prolonged period of very chilly weather.  However, the winter weather is about to erase all that very rapidly.  For more beautiful autumn skies visit Skywatch Friday.
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