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God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Taking a breath.

So our oldest son has some kind of disorder. He's a late talker, his motor skills are not age appropriate and he has a tendency to get hyperemotional. All the experts say they don't know what he has, the complete gauntlet of tests haven't been run so we're still in Limbo on all of this.

Everyone wants the perfect kid, when they turn out not quite that way you start fretting about how he'll get on in life. We all know we're not gonna live forever and one day our children will go through life without us. Hell, even when we're alive they'll eventually spend the majority of their time away from our protection. So if there's any perceived problem a normal person starts to worry.

That perception will hit you full in the face when your kid is amongst others of his age and you see the difference. Amazing how the kids themselves won't take much notice but the parents do. It's one reason I remind the War Department that most kids make it through childhood but parents aren't such a sure bet.

Times like this a parent should remember life is like a poker game, it isn't so much what you're holding as how you play your cards. Anyone who's played the game knows what I'm talking about. You can hold four aces but if your opponent successfully bluffs you into thinking he's straight flushing, your hand won't mean diddle squat. Parents evaluate what their kids will be holding onto in life's poker game and show them how to play it to the best of their ability. No redeal allowed.

And truth to tell, whatever #1 son has is mild. We might fret because he has no shoes, somewhere there's a tyke with no feet. Suck up and go. It could ALWAYS be worse.

On the plus side he's a gentle kid, at 3 1/2 he's the size of most five year olds but very gentle. He loves his little brother and sister, he's making a lot of progress that a year ago we only hoped for and everyone who knows him adores the tyke. Lord knows, there's plenty of kids his age most adults would cheerfully strangle! But not him.

I'm grateful as hell for what I've got. Wouldn't trade any of this for the world and there's plenty of men my age who can't say that. Sometimes you just have to stop and take a deep breath.

And that's all this post was about. Just taking a deep breath.

Thanks for listening.

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