Posts Tagged ‘Critter’
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
I spend so much time on the road lately that sometimes its hard to smell roses. It doesn’t always work but I do my best to manage it.
Lately I’m marveling more at my daughter. For over a decade I have blogged about her, from the time she was born to current. Off and on, tidbits, made up stories. Its weird looking back.
She’s becoming a teenager, but so far I have seen none of the stereotype Mom-and-Dad-are-idiots-hate-the-world mentality Hollywood and society perpetuates. I hope it stays that way but I know it can change. Pragmatism thou art my curse.
Back in 2009, I was just wrapping up a job in Tennessee. I had been doing a UMTS expansion throughout the state for AT&T and was heading for home finally.
It had been a rough year. I had taken the job due to some troubles my bride and I were experieincing, both me in my previous career, and she with me. So I changed jobs. We’re still together so the change must of worked.
Anyrate, my daughter was becoming enamoured with Tennessee, part of what my bride has jokingly called “brainwashing” for several years…with a laugh.
So it was that on January 22, 2009 I took Critter to watch the Lady Vols, under Pat Summit take on the local Arkansas Razorbacks.
My soon to be wife and I were driving from Buffalo, NY to Avoca, AR looking to get a new lease on life.
I hadn’t been out of the Army long and a string of bad luck, and troubles followed in my wake. I needed a change before I changed the path on which I was traveling.
My mom and her husband had just closed on a house, and were moving out of a place that they were renting, a single wide trailer. It wasn’t much but the landlord agreed to transfer the lease to us.
While cleaning the place preparing for our arrival so they could move, my mother had hit a Burger King for lunch and was eating it in her truck. It was then she heard a whining sound outside her drivers window and turned to find a Rottweiler puppy outside her door.
So began our journey.
One thing I am big on with my daughter is leading by example.
I understand that at some point in her life she will get her hands on enough booze to turn me green. I acknowledge the fact that there will be things she will attempt that I will not approve of. So what I attempt to do is show her that life can be accomplished without these things and the ones I do partake in I always do to moderation in front of her.
One the items I stress are promises. I give them sparingly and make a point of explaining to her to not make promises that she can not keep. This weekend I am fulfilling one of my promises.
A family vacation.
My daughter loves all things great and small.
Countless zoo’s, walks in the woods, instead of kiddie movies she gets Imax video’s on nature, underwater exploration, and endangered species.
We’ve tried to make learning something fun, basically.
As such she loves nature, and has a deep fondness for animals especially.
Unfortunately there are some lessons she is learning that are hard for her to understand.
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Because she’s never heard Ray Stevens….and it is after all Christmas
One of my favorite Christmas songs
So HughesNet managed to really piss me off. My internet went out in the winter blast we had this past week.
My Dish came back. My Internet did not. After arguing with a guy who could not speak English I was told that a technician would call me in 3 to 5 days to set up a appointment and they would charge me $150 for the visit.
After I picked me jaw off the floor I cancelled the service.
So this the first time doing a full scale post with my Droid phone. I have signed up for the Verizon MiFi system. Will be a day or three until it gets here. Until then v00d3w has the helm.
Once I have internet again I’ll give a much more detailed telling of the debacle.
Meanwhile Happy Birthday today to my Critter!!
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“We can’t hold back the hands of time, its just something we got to do.”
Critters first day was Monday. The morning was….interesting. She was all excited until she realized her mother and I would not be staying with her the entire day. Then we piled in to the gym. Here too, a problem arose. Critter is much like me, in not enjoying being amongst crowds. So there she sat in the middle of the gym with her hands over her ears, and head burrowed to block the noise. So of course you can guess what happened when the the Principal fired up the PA system.
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So I have a good friend who is with the FOP in Arkansas.
It seems the state FOP has one helluva nice truck for the use in Parades in such.
Coming up soon is one the largest Rodeo events in the state of Arkansas, The Rodeo of the Ozarks.
It would appear that yours truly, and his Critter have been asked to participate in the parade for the FOP.
More her than me of course.
But then, she’s more cute anyway so that makes perfect sense, aye?
It doesn’t seem like five years.
It seems like yesterday she was crawling all over the floor and barely able to say “Momma” or “Dadd-dee”
Walk? I remember the Domestic 6 and I coaxing her from opposite sides of the living room, and holding her hands letting her stomp her way through the house while giggling manically. She never wanted to walk. She wanted to run.
Once she learned how to do it on her own , she has been wide open ever since.
Was last week when she finally sleep through the night.
No it’s not her birthday. And many folks see it as a silly thing.
But for a parent who has spent most of his career a slave to black top and white lines this Saturday is something special.
I’ve been all over the world, but I can never wait to get home to this blond haired green eyed beauty of mine.
This weekend is one of those special times.