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A Long Walk January 2, 2016

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in death, Family, life, Love.
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It’s about 3:00 AM, and my sister and I just finished helping our 94 year-old aunt make the trip to and from the bathroom. My aunt awoke around 2:15, needed help getting out of the recliner she now sleeps in, needed some help using her walker to navigate the 30′ trip (she’s fallen several times recently), and required both help and a bit of coaching to complete the return trip.

As you might surmise from the starting and ending times, we didn’t set any speed records on our trip. However, this isn’t written to complain about the early hour, the duration of the trip, or any inconvenience this represents to me.
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In the Stillness of Christmas Eve December 25, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Christmas, Family, life, Love, Parenting/Children, Seasons.
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It’s after Midnight, and I’ve finished my wrapping and tucked my handiwork under the tree. Likewise, I’ve stuffed the boys’ stockings, and made sure everything was ready for Christmas morning. Now I sit in the dark, gazing at the lights of the tree.

Christmas Tree

This is something of a personal tradition for me, dating back to my pre-teen days. Back then I would grab a blanket, settle down over one of the floor-mounted heating vents, and let my mind wander. (more…)

Big Time-Spender or Big-Time Spender? August 23, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Communication, Family, Flatulence, Fun, Humor, Laughter, life, Love, Parenting/Children, Self-Worth, Sports, Stupidity.
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One of the notable songs from Billy Joel’s “Streetlife Serenade” album from 1974 was a song called “The Last of the Big Time Spenders.” The chorus includes the following line:

…I’m the last of the big time spenders
And I’ve been spendin’ time on you,

An eternal truth that’s too easy to forget is that money is distributed unevenly, but time is doled out in equal amounts. None of us get more than 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, or 365 days in a year.

hook

Recently, a very good friend remembered my love of “Hook,” the Robin Williams & Dustin Hoffman version of the Peter Pan story, and bought the DVD for me for my birthday. The most significant reason I love this movie? It’s a constant reminder to spend time with my sons, and more important, how I should spend that time. (more…)

I’ve Seen Dead People January 18, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in death, Family, Fear, Flatulence, Funerals, life, Love, Parenting/Children, Theology.
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The other day, Tiffany blogged about returning from the funeral of her husband’s grandfather (I can’t decide if “grandfather-in-law” makes any sense as a familial designation). As someone who wrote a blog entry titled “Putting the ‘Fun’ in Funeral,” I most likely have a different perspective. Instead of hijacking her blog (as I’ve done before) with a really long comment, I decided to link to it instead.

sixth_sense

I’ve seen a few dead people in my life. (more…)

Don’t Let Yesterday… January 12, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in anger, Fear, Learning, life, Love, Reflections, Seasons, Success.
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…be a prison for today.

All of us have had things in our past that were difficult or painful. For me, there is no shortage of bad memories for me to play back in my mind, over and over. However, at some point, if we keep replaying those events in our mind, they become the TV show we hate to watch, but somehow find it on every channel, all day long.

alone

What haunts you? What memories lurk in the shadows, waiting for you to give them life and breath by revisiting them? What do you have to do to “let go” of them?

My experience is that such things, theoretically locked up in yesterday, can be a prison for today, stealing away my life. Fortunately, I have the power to cast off those bonds and chains. I have to find a way to let go.