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Sep 8

My Story, Day 8

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Back in town and back online, I’m torn. 

I have to finish my lesson plan for tonight — and send out sixty text invitations — for tonight.

I also want to write about my kids. 

They often lost out because I was trying to help someone else.

Today, they’re coming first.

Shannon and Josh have been bedrock cornerstones of our family. 

Shannon, now twenty one, has spent many years in our family listening, arguing, teasing, negotiating, following, avoiding and ignoring our rules.  Fortunately, she’s generally chosen wisely.  She is admired by almost everyone who knows her for her character and her compassionate charisma. 

Shannon has been a bold role model since she was young.  In third grade she confronted the teacher for social inequities when some children had to sit on the floor while others got seats. In junior high she would ask questions of teachers, not because she necessarily needed answers, but to help the teacher focus the class and stay on task.

Few people also know that while Josh was a quarterback Shannon threw the best spiral in the family.

Josh, now nineteen, like Shannon, but in his own way has spent many years in our family listening, arguing, teasing, negotiating, following, avoiding and ignoring our rules. 

Josh is admired and leaned on by many people.  His caring and compassionate heart drags his out of bed to give hugs, car repairs and drive drunk friends home.  His supportive and strong side provides a shoulder to cry on and a positive example for others. 

In Josh’s defense he’s the best athlete in our family FAR exceeding any rational expectations.  One day while practicing fielding ground balls he fielded 99 of 100 ground balls cleanly.  Ridiculous focus and excellent determination.

I love that I get to share a family with Josh and Shannon.  Though I am their dad — and a privileged role that is — they are my role models.  And, it is an honor to call them my friends.

Bring on the comments

  1. awwww man, thank you Dad. p.s. I definitely don’t recall the third grade chairs vs floor seating injustice, ha! I gasped but I believe it!

  2. Not going to lie…kinda jealous. 🙂

  3. It was you & Carstens tet-a-tet…well, actually you were nice, but she thought it was a bit rude. =D

  4. Ang, not gonna lie. I would be too if I wasn’t so blessed!
    Your spawn will be nifty too!

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