Posts Tagged ‘family’


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

I have come to appreciate the need for focus, in my life as well as my business. (more…)

Lillian Newton

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

My grandmother died yesterday.

How can I describe my grandmother to you? I remember her doing the charleston en route to put in some laundry. I remember her singing Oh, Christmas Tree to as we decorated for the holidays. I remember so many events, like scenes in a movie – but, these don’t describe my grandmother as a person.

She was the most dignified, gentle and content person I have ever known. A simple woman, her life was focused on her family and her relationship with God. In fact, one reason I have trouble describing her to people is that, when I think about her, I think about what a Christian should be. Her life was a testimony to how beautiful the world would be if each of us “loved our neighbor as ourself.”

I love you Grammie. The world is a worse place without you.

A Day at the Dentist

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

My four-year-old had a dentist appointment today. Overall, it was a good time. She and I walked the two miles to the office, singing silly songs the whole way. When we got there, she didn’t complain or shy away when the nurse came to get her—walking into the office with nary a glance back to see if I was coming.

During her cleaning, and the subsequent filling, I could hear her the whole time. She was giggling and laughing as if it was the funniest thing in the world. And no, they didn’t give her the gas. In fact, they didn’t even use Novocain. She took it like a trooper.

However, the dentist called me in at one point and gave me a lecture that made me quite angry. She told me that Sonia was very talkative and wanted to see me. That was a lie; it was a pretext to get me in there so she could show off my daughter’s cavities while lecturing me.

She asked if I let Sonia drink chocolate milk, to which I replied, “Of course, I let her have some on occasion.”

“She says she gets chocolate milk every day.”

“She’s a four-year-old, with little grasp on the difference between one day, much less one week,” I said.

“You shouldn’t give her chocolate milk at all. It rots her teeth,” the dentist said. “And do you give her juice?”

“That I do—and regularly,” I said.

“Let her drink water.”

The dentist went on to list all sorts of evil foods and such that I should remove from my daughter’s diet. Raison? Fruit juice?

I wanted to scream. Give me a break. She has to eat and drink, and I’m not about to relegate her to a regimen of water and boiled veggies.

I get the feeling this lady didn’t have any kids. Regardless though, she’s let her focus on her profession blind her to the reality that the world does not revolve around perfect teeth. Some people enjoy eating raisons and drinking apple juice, for Christ’s sake.

And using my daughter as bait to lecture me and insinuate that I’m a liar? She doesn’t realize how close she came to getting throttled.

It was a good trip. 🙂

Bulgaria or Bust

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

In January, I’ll be moving to Bulgaria for a few months–at least three, perhaps as many as twelve. It’s been some years since I’ve been in Europe, though, and have no idea where to look for the best plane tickets. Anyone have ideas?