A word about words
The words we use to relay that which we find in the furthermost reaches of our thoughts can never be exact ones, because they come from an unchartered frontier. But that is also why they are sometimes beautiful.
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This Father’s Pain
I chauffeured one my granddaughters about this week. She is the daughter of my step daughter. I was thinking about how lucky I am that she calls me “grandpa”. I don’t know if there even is such a thing as “step grandpa”.
My other step daughter, who I first got to know when she was 1 ½ years old, died in 2008. The proximate cause was a cardiac event. The real reason was substance abuse.
God fucking damn me.
When God finally taught me that I don’t wanna live no more really meant I ain’t afraid of dying no more, the pain became wisdom and the joy became love.
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This Father’s Joy
I’m told the whole clan is dropping by here tomorrow. I’ll get to see the middle aged parents who somehow came to replace the kids I used to take sledding in this existence. I’ll watch them watch the teen agers (shudder) who somehow came to replace the kids they used to take sledding and the infants they used to hold. The whole clan will be here past and present.
Oh and rumor has it they’re bringing a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.
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Ivan was joined by his buddy Ralph in camp. Ivan decided to try his hand at pitching. I can’t tell you how well the ball was coming out of his hand because it literally didn’t leave his hand. Lucky for him Ralph isn’t the best contact hitter. Ralph reciprocated by letting Ivan hit off the tee, the tee being Ralph’s hand. Now that’s friendship.
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This Father’s Father
To save money my dad used to cut mine and my brother’s hair, at least until he didn’t want to have anything to do with the emerging hippie hair styles. As I mentioned Memorial Day weekend, he was a “former” Marine, so he gave us crew cuts. He had this thing with several arms extending from its handle, sort of like a tuning fork. He’d lay it flat on the top of our heads and run the clipper over the top of it so that any hair daring to be longer than the width of the arms would be cut. You see that way there won’t be some hairs that are 2/8ths of an inch long, some 3/8, some 4/8s , but every one exactly 3/8s.
He gave us our haircuts every other Saturday in the basement (it’s easiest to sweep hair up off of concrete) and his radio would most always be tuned to Paul Harvey.
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