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I walked across the dam with my dad.
I’ve walked across this dam literally thousands of times with my father. Miles of my life have been worked out and tears shed as we crossed the dam’s paved top overlooking the lake on one side and the city on the other. As a child I stood on this dam and watched flood waters rush around one end during one of the rainiest seasons my hometown has ever seen. When I was a teenager the overlook at the end of the dam was the place to go when you were going to have a serious conversation.
This dam has been a permanent fixture in my life, steady, strong, and tall.
You ever have one of those days (or years) when nothing seems to be going your way and everybody around you seems like an absolute idiot?
The older I get the easier it is to be a negative and disparaging skeptic. Sometimes I’m like the old fart who shuffles along in the grocery store complaining out loud to himself about people, prices, and politicians.
John Lennon said that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans
I think he was right. For better or worse, the events that shape and mold us the most are often the ones that sneak up on us.
This week, life happened. I’ll try to keep things brief.
My wife was sick over the weekend. Like, sicker than she’s ever been. But Monday, she was much worse. And Tuesday, she was worse still. We were up all night, the both of us. And when we went to our doctor and they could not get a blood pressure reading, we knew we were in trouble.