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IT HAS BEEN A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW,  BUT THESE WORDS STILL RING SO TRUE.  ONE NIGHT,  AS I WAS ALMOST READY TO GO TO SLEEP, A SERIES OF WORDS BEGAN TO FLOOD MY MIND.  IT WAS A PEACEFUL MOMENT, AND I KEPT REPEATING THE WORDS TO MYSELF....GETTING THEM FIRMLY FIXED SO THAT I COULD PUT THEM ON PAPER THE NEXT DAY.   THE EXPERIENCE WAS NOT FRIGHTENING....IT JUST SEEMED TO BE THE SPIRIT OF GOD LEADING ME TO LOOK AT MY 'JOURNEY' IN A FRESH AND DIFFERENT WAY, AND  TO EXPRESS TO ALL OF YOU THAT I AM AT PEACE WITH THE PATH MY LIFE'S JOURNEY HAS TAKEN.
THERE ARE NO 'DO-OVERS', BUT (AS ANYONE WOULD LIKELY FEEL).... KINDA WISH I COULD DO THE 'DADDY-DEAL' AGAIN......JUST CHANGING SOME THINGS ALONG THE WAY THAT YEARS OF LIVING HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT....LOVING...LISTENING.... AND GIVING....BUT, THAT IS NOT AN OPTION IN LIFE, SO I SAY TO MY THREE BOYS...."GIVE 'BEING A DADDY' YOUR VERY BEST EFFORT....YOU WILL NEVER REGRET THAT!  LOVE YOU SO MUCH!  DADDY/PoP


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WHO  I  AM !
  • I am no longer the care-free lad of wonderful freedoms from very few chores, whose most memorable days were spent outdoors;

  • I am no longer the tall, thin teen learning of life, love, and duty just beginning his search for truth and beauty;

  • I am no longer the ambitious young adult of promising careers and parenthood, who watches his growing sons and knows that 'life is good';

  • I am no longer the grieving man, grappling with the mystery of God's unfolding plan;

  • I am no longer the young-at-heart man, discovering that to love again, I can;

  • I am no longer among the middle-aged ones, learning to delight in the miracles of granddaughters and grandsons.
  • No, no longer those,  I am now:

  • the older, perhaps wiser man, looking  'back  at times....asking, "Have I done all I can?"......;

  • the older, perhaps wiser man, looking  around,  thankfully, at the treasure of 'family' held in my hands;

  • the older, perhaps wiser man, looking  up,  anticipating the day when God has completed this man's plan.
IN TRUTH,  I AM  'PoP',  THE MOST BLESSED MAN !


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