Thursday, November 15, 2007

A List of Living

You know, maybe its my mid-life crisis. It must be that. I mean I don't want to go out and buy a Porsche to prove I'm still young or anything. Nor do I find the hot young girls overwhelmingly tantalizing (I love the Wife just fine). Lately, I just find myself thinking a lot about this little thing we call life. It is just speeding by so quickly. My little Touchdown is 5. 5!!!!! And the Teenager is dating and moody and will be out of our house in a year and a half! I am not ready for it. I'm not that old.

I think this has been brewing for a little bit mainly because of the crazy health issues in my family right now. My brother is recovering from a major knee reconstruction and just got news that it is way too loose and he will probably have to do it all over again. Or maybe its that my sister is having complications with a pregnancy. I don't know, but for whatever reason I've been thinking about my place here on the earth. My reason for being. I know that any day could be my day to leave and I'm just not ready to do it yet. I don't feel old. Heck, just the other day I made a fart joke. That should prove my immaturity, right? I love my kids and my wife. I know that I'm here for them. In the end, they are the ones I will keep with me even when I leave this life. I am extremely grateful for that blessing. I don't know that I could have ever imagined a blessing so great. For that reason, I am presenting here my list of "Things That Make Me Happy I'm Alive".

Here goes....

1. Hearing little Indy make up the word "threemorrow". FYI, its the day after "twomorrow".
2. Hearing word that Touchdown thinks Joseph Smith is the guy with the "scared leopard". FYI, Mormons generally refer to him as having recieved a "sacred record".
3. Watching the Teenager get "googly-eyed" over a boy and have to tromp into a cemetary on Halloween to recieve a Sadie Hawkins Dance acceptance.
4. Watching the Wife get excited about our upcoming trip to Savannah, Georgia.
5. Holding a skull in my hands on Halloween Day. Yep, I got to excavate a Native American burial on Halloween. One of the coolest things I have ever done.
6. Hearing the story of my buddy's little 3-year old girl doing a rousing rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" when her Primary (Sunday School) teacher asked for a song about Jesus.
7. Watching my little niece score a goal for the "Pink Roses" soccer team. She's 5 and is quite a bruiser/darling.
8. Knowing that I am conquering Adobe Illustrator CS3 (I set a goal to master it before Christmas).
9. Seeing my kids dressed up like a Cowboy and a Mermaid Princess (Ariel) for Halloween. Lil Indy galloped the entire time.
10. Watching my wife hug her kids.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.