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Sharing My Thankfullness

Monday, November 21, 2011

Admit it, once you get through family, friends and health it’s really difficult to begin to find things to be thankful for. I know it is for me. I end up being thankful for wind, rain and snow. Yeah, I believe that, lol. I find myself trying to keep up with the thankfulness the same way I kept up with training for a 5K. I can’t fall behind. I can’t let people know I just might have less to be thankful than they are.

So through the month of November we press our brains against our skulls to find reasons to be thankful. I do have a lot to be thankful for, most of which I take for granted the other eleven months of the year. Approaching the feast of Thanksgiving does give me an opportunity to recognize those things. I’d like to share two YouTube links with you that are special to me.

I first heard this song when I watched an episode of Cold Case. It’s called A Good Day and it simply says “A good day is any day that you are alive….” I listen to it every morning. It sets my intention for the day. Some mornings it is hard to walk, my back hurts, or I just decided it’s not gonna be a good day. When I was young and we’d drive past a cemetery my dad would always say, “Tell those folks your problems, they’d love to have them.” It’s not topical, it’s not sexy but a good day is any day you are alive.

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B4CN7TM1iQ

A few months ago I hurt my back. My recovery has been slow, painful and depressing. I blogged about it one morning and a Spark friend sent me a link to a YouTube video that had helped her. It’s a song by Laura Story who came to find blessings in everything in her life including her husband’s struggle with cancer. I have to tell you the when I listened to it tears were an understatement.

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CSVqHcdhXQ

No great words of wisdom, just very simple truths about a very simple existence I choose to make complicated. It’s a good day and I am blessed and because you care so much about me I care enough to share this with you.

Thanks for being my blessing.

  
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NASFKAB 11/24/2011 12:28AM

  THANKS WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL

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SPARKLISE 11/21/2011 9:39PM

    I have to get her CD!
Blessings is such a great song!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2011 7:45PM

    I certainly agree with this blog. It's great to be alive. The alternative? - not too good. LOL.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/21/2011 6:49PM

    Every day is a blessing from God!

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GRAMLORI 11/21/2011 9:35AM

    John,
You bless everybody with your candor and humor in your blogs. You say a lot of things that the rest of us can relate to, and when something resonates within someone else, then you've made an impact.....and you do this very well. I wish a blessed Thanksgiving weekend for you and your family. Thanks for being you.
Lori

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/21/2011 8:35AM

    John-

Thanks for sharing a very powerful lesson. Gratitude is like a muscle, I think. The more you use it, or practice it, the stronger it becomes.When you don't express or recognize the thing in life to be grateful for, it withers up.

Maybe people find it trite, but there is no end to what one can be grateful for. Do you have a job? Even if you don't like it, do you have the ability to train for another? Do you have the advantage of an education? Many people do not. Do you have contacts/friends who can help? It can go on and on. And that's just one example.

Have a great Thanksgiving week!

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It's Not Always Easy Being First

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My earliest memory of John Peter centers on the amazing capacity a four year old has to forgive someone. It was a Friday night in June. It was warm and getting warmer. Joan and I were in our first home. It had one large air conditioner in the kitchen window. That took care of the whole house. I had been working seven days a week and my lawn looked like a small child could have gotten lost in it. I changed my clothes and told Joan I was going to cut the lawn since it had cooled off a bit. John stood in the kitchen doorway with a baseball glove and a ball in his hand. “Can we play catch?” he asked? I turned and looked at him. I was busy. Lawn needed to be cut, trimmed and raked. It was hot, I was tired.

“Later buddy, ok? I got to cut the grass.”

He walked into the living room and I went out to cut the lawn. As I walked back and forth it struck me that I had made yet another mistake in Child Rearing 101. John was and is the first child. No frame of reference. You utter a furtive prayer and hope he is not paying for therapy years later. You are tougher on the first born. The expectations are high. I know, I’m a first child myself. Ya think that would have stopped me. Nope I wanted my boy to be Mickey Mantle, Donald Trump and Jesus Christ all rolled into one.

Sigh

I put the lawn mower away and walked in the house. John had gone to bed a few moments earlier. I walked in his room and sat on the bed. “The lawn could have waited. I shoulda played catch with you.” John sat up in bed and hugged me. “It’s okay dad, I still love you.” He smiled rolled over and went to sleep. No big deal. People make mistakes and other people forgive them and then we go to bed and The Real Housewives of Wherever has to wait for another day.

John has been like this his whole life. He rolls with the flow, makes the best of a bad day and moves forward. The company he worked at for over ten years closed three years ago. John went back to school and is a year away from his bachelor’s degree in computer science. Starting over at any age is hard but he’s done a really good job.

John has taught me to accept other people just the way they are, forgive them and go to bed.

He taught me that you sleep much better when you do.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 3:28PM

    I hope the tears are over for me now I've read the blog on your oldest. I thought my oldest should be perfect and was so hard on her. She says she's forgiven me but I haven't forgiven me yet. I know I have to and keep trying but just can't quite manage it. I can only vaguely imagine the feeling of freedom you must feel when you can forgive yourself. Hopefully in this lifetime it will happen.

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PGNBRI 11/21/2011 10:43AM

    I've so enjoyed seeing each of your children through your eyes!

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WENDYSPARKS 11/21/2011 6:38AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog!

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MARCYNA 11/21/2011 6:28AM

    I still have to learn that....forgive & forget is the best lesson you can give people emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/21/2011 3:26AM

  GREAT BLOG

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TRULYVISIBLE 11/21/2011 2:00AM

  The 2nd to last sentence is very wise and to think a little boy already knew that at such a young age.

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SHERRYJVP 11/20/2011 9:34PM

    I can tell all of your children are your delight and your blessing. Job well done. Thank you for sharing a little piece of them with us.

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CARTOONB 11/20/2011 9:13PM

    I like him too! Sounds like you either did okay with him or he had a great therapist! Ha!

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GIRANIMAL 11/20/2011 5:04PM

    Another great kid in John Peter. Forgiveness really is powerful stuff, but far too often most of us are too proud or otherwise foolish to see that while it still matters.

I was also struck by your wisdom -- with a first child, even! -- of knowing how important it is to fess up to your "mistakes" openly with your kids, especially to a 4-year-old who may not even understand. You have such great family dynamics!



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WANDAH3 11/20/2011 3:43PM

    All I can say is that you and Joan have done a wonderful job in raising your children. It's not the mistakes that we have made as parents that our children will remember...it's the love.

Hugs,
Wanda

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TERRIPAL1 11/20/2011 2:07PM

    Wow it seems like all your kids are pretty smart John ,must have got it from somewhere?? Loved your blog I need to learn to do that!Another lesson at this rate I won't learn them all ,cause I'm a slow learner!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2011 1:13PM

    Forgiveness is one of our greatest gifts. Many people struggle with it an entire lifetime. John Peter probably always sleeps well.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/20/2011 12:46PM

    He is a pretty special person, we could sure learn a lot from him

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LYNMEINDERS 11/20/2011 12:45PM

    There is a lot in this for all of us.....
Thankyou

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GRACEISENUF 11/20/2011 12:44PM

    Glad I found this blog....my John Timothy sure has taught me a thing or two in the last 17 years! ;)

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HDHAWK 11/20/2011 12:44PM

    That's a great way to go through life!

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IMKFOX 11/20/2011 12:26PM

    Thanks for sharing John. Everyday my boys teach me something special and it's usually the littlest things that matter the most. Keep enjoying each and every day!
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MKPRINCESS007 11/20/2011 12:05PM

    Love it, John! It is a blessing when we are resilient and able to be understanding and supportive of those that we love. He sounds like a special man, and since I know about being first (or being only, actually) I understand. Many demands and opportunities to grow my resiliency where placed on me. I attribute much of who I am to those opportunities.

Be blessed, John!

Karen

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KATHRYN1955 11/20/2011 12:04PM

    "...accept other people just the way they are, forgive them and go to bed."

Very wise words...we would all sleep better if those words became our daily mantra.

Take care,
Kathy

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MYOWNHERO 11/20/2011 12:03PM

    That is such a sweet, touching story. Your son sounds like a wonderful man. Wonder where he learned that?

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BEATLETOT 11/20/2011 11:59AM

    I loved reading this blog. Thank you so much for sharing it! Your son sounds as special as you are!

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MAMADWARF 11/20/2011 11:53AM

    I love this. 2 great men!

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The Inspiration

Saturday, November 19, 2011

When Matt was six, he walked into church with us one Sunday morning, made a direct line for our pastor, opened his coat and produced a lunch bag full of pennies. He stuck it forward, looked at out pastor solemnly and said “For the poor.” There was probably only a few dollars or so in the bag. It was his money and he was going to decide how it was used. He decided, as he put it, to help, “the poor.”

In a nutshell that is child number two, Matthew Thomas. If I sat here and wrote about all the stray people he brought home in the twenty years he lived with us I’d have enough fodder for a million blogs. His heart was always open to helping someone he perceived to be less fortunate than he was. I received a phone call one night a few years back from Matt. He was out taking a walk and met a homeless person by the grocery. The man couldn’t seem to hold a job. If Matt put him on the line, would I mind giving him a few tips and maybe motivate him a bit? That’s Matthew Thomas. Matt started playing football in fifth grade. He played through his sophomore year in high school and never won a game. Yet his coaches always felt if they had three or four more like Matt, they’d never have lost a game.

But Matt, like all the Matt’s I have known in my life, the people who give of themselves instinctively, always seem to be about five inches short of getting all the happiness and success they deserve. Matt was married for five years. His wife decided she missed having fun and divorced him. He took all the bills and arranged to have our granddaughter every weekend. The divorce crushed him, I know, but he rarely let Joan and I know how he felt. If we needed something he was there. His heart is as big as the world. He works a job that allows him off every weekend but forces him to work until midnight five days a week. If he’d wanted to he could have easily worked days. His daughter is a bit more important.

Matt is thirty three and to me he is a great reminder that even though life hits you in the belly really hard on occasion you can still stick to your values and principles. There is nothing really fancy about Matt. You just really know he’s going to be there if and when you need him.

I’ll take that any day of the week.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 3:21PM

    I don't know why all these blogs about your kids are making me cry...but they are.

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MARCYNA 11/21/2011 6:32AM

    I wish I could meet him....GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
PS I was thinking about last Sunday Gospel :
" I was hungry and you fed me..." Matt seems to have hit the target!!!!!

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NASFKAB 11/21/2011 3:24AM

  AS HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE GREAT PARENTS GREAT SON

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LYNMEINDERS 11/20/2011 5:17AM

    Like I have said before....you have awesome kids.....

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CARTOONB 11/19/2011 10:35PM

    I hope Matt finds his happiness.

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/19/2011 10:33PM

    Thanks for sharing that story with us John.

You have a good son.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/19/2011 9:39PM

    I bet the pastor wished he had a few hundred just like Matt. I'm sure that left a lasting impression on him. I tend to think that Matt's time is coming. Someone like him deserves the best life has to offer and it just wouldn't be fair if he doesn't get it.

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GEEMAWEST 11/19/2011 8:58PM

    I love these stories about your children and I really appreciate you sharing. I am having some challenges with my youngest daughter right now and this helps me remember that what we are going through right now does not define either one of us or our relationship.
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PROT358 11/19/2011 8:53PM

    I love hearing about your kids! Such lovely tributes, all of them. I hope you let them read what you've written! You speak so highly of them.

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SHERRYJVP 11/19/2011 3:57PM

    That is a true man. I am sure he has learned that from you.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/19/2011 11:55AM

    Matt sounds like a beautiful human.

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GIRANIMAL 11/19/2011 11:52AM

    John, I am so enjoying these blogs! I agree that they make it so clear what a wonderful job you and Joan have done of allowing all your very different kids to be who they are -- and truly appreciate them for it. I trust you understand how challenging that is for many parents, so kudos to you both.

Thank goodness for dads like Matt. Something tells me he learned such dedication from his own dad.

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ANNE-ELIZ 11/19/2011 11:26AM

    I'm always so impressed when I see parents who can and do appreciate their children for their own qualities and not as reflections of themselves.

...that's likely part of how they developed those qualities in the first place...

Thank you for introducing us!



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HDHAWK 11/19/2011 10:46AM

    I would give anything for my kids to have had a dad like your son. Even before we divorced he wasn't there for them. You should be very proud!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/19/2011 9:14AM

    Sounds like a wonderful, positive person. I'm happy you have Matt in your life.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like a great guy; he's an imspiration to all of us. No wonder you are proud of him!

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WANDAH3 11/19/2011 8:46AM

    I'm enjoying getting to know your children through your eyes. You and Joan and have done a wonderful job of allowing each child to be an individual and to grace this world with their own specialness. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Wanda

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/19/2011 8:23AM

    A truly fine boy of whom you are justly proud

Make it a great weekend!

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The Glue

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our son Paul gets up early every morning and works on math problems for thirty minutes before he goes to work. He says it helps keep his mind sharp. He doesn’t use a calculator, he works them long hand on a legal pad. I always know when I can reach Paul, his life is very precise. His wife Geena is a perfect match for him. There have been times she’s leaned over, touched my arm and said “It’s okay John, some days he’s wound just a little too tight.”

My very first memory of Paul was three hours after he was born. His eyes were wide open and he was following sounds and movement. He will tell that’s because he was highly developed, even at a young age. When Joan was pregnant with Paul she had the very rare opportunity to hear Mother Teresa speak at a local college. Afterwards Mother Teresa spotted her and laid her hands on Joan’s very pregnant belly and smiled at her. Paul, to his credit, has used this as proof that he was recognized in the womb by a saint and that by itself makes him special. When Paul was in kindergarten he told his teacher Joan was an OB-GYN. When he was in second grade he told his teacher he was adopted. There are times he may be wrapped a bit tight but it appears to be pretty well balanced by a unique sense of humor.

Paul is twenty nine. He’s an accountant and he is the glue that holds two older brothers and three younger siblings together. Most conversations of importance with the other kids start something like this, “Dad, I talked to Paul and he said…..” There is indeed a lot of wisdom in those twenty nine years. The other kids always run everything by Paul and I have to say he wears that mantle very well. His advice is logical and spiced with love. He often calls me worried about a brother or a sister for one reason or another. If there is a crisis everyone looks to Paul.

What remains so unique is that Paul is a living testament to being you and not chasing someone else’s dreams. In reading this you may think Paul has accepted a lot of other people’s burdens or problems and it’s not fair to have to shepherd five siblings. He never has minded, enjoys it, relishes it, use whatever euphemism you like. He has wanted to be an accountant as long as I can remember. He and Geena hike a lot, Paul has run a few half marathons and he even has an appreciation for art cultivated by Geena’s sister who studies at The Chicago Institute of Art.

It’s difficult to put Paul into words. You have to meet him, enjoy a cup of hot tea or a glass of scotch with him to get a full picture of who and what he is. To me he is the glue, often over looked, that holds everything together and you never notice it until something falls apart.

At least that’s what Paul says.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:25AM

    You make me want to start writing again. I'm not sure why reading your blogs is bringing that feeling up so intensely...probably because of all the emotions it is bringing up. I have five children aged 39 to 26 and they have been my very best teachers in life.

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NASFKAB 11/18/2011 9:14AM

  great loved it all

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WANDAH3 11/18/2011 7:26AM

    What a lovely tribute to your Paul. It is wonderful, as a parent, to see our children with such wisdom.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MARCYNA 11/18/2011 5:53AM

    What a blessing...It's like the chapter of a book!!!

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CARTOONB 11/17/2011 10:27PM

    Paul sounds like a great guy. I almost said kid, but then that would put me in the old range! LOL! We all need glue.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/17/2011 10:09PM

    I would love to meet Paul...and the rest of your family....
A shame I live so far away....
Will have to settle on reading your blogs......
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TEDYBEAR2838 11/17/2011 8:30PM

    He sure sounds like a fine young man! I'm know he takes after his father emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 11/17/2011 6:43PM

    What a great testimony to a great young man.

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HDHAWK 11/17/2011 6:27PM

    They are all unique aren't they? I can't wait to hear about the others.

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SMOCKON 11/17/2011 5:30PM

    For as many things as you think you get wrong, you have gotten the important ones right: you chose a wonderful woman for your wife and you did a great job of raising your children. What are the other things in life compared to those two important things?

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EDWINA172 11/17/2011 3:26PM

    Wow. I want to be the glue. Your son sounds amazing. Your writing and descriptions are beautiful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2011 1:08PM

    How nice. Every family should have a Paul. My family and my husband's doesn't and thus we are not tight knit.

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CBLANK20091 11/17/2011 11:07AM

  I love reading about your children! You are very blessed, and they are so blessed to have such a loving, devoted, insightful Dad!

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TRISTAROSE 11/17/2011 11:00AM

    Your blog made me smile !!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/17/2011 10:48AM

    He has found his way in this world

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KKINNEA 11/17/2011 10:32AM

    :)

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Everyday People Sometimes Make The Biggest Impact

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Being a middle child is a challenge. You aren’t first, you are not last and some days unless you accomplish something really spectacular you are simply a face in the crowd. Oh, you are loved equally, attention is doled out to you equally, but I can imagine that you often feel your voice is a little softer than lots of other folks. You may have to wave your arms a bit harder or jump up and down to be noticed. Don’t stand still, you’ll get run over, LOL.

Our daughter Maggie is the fourth of six. Not quite the end, certainly not the beginning and well I guess you could say the middle. If you could pick a friend, Maggie would be it. If she tells you it’s going to happen it happens. If she’s going to meet you for lunch at noon she’s always there. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like her, seriously!!!!

Maggie is twenty seven and has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. Maggie was born with a number of learning disabilities. It took her four years to get her associates degree and no one grinned wider than she did when she walked across the stage. Of all my children, Maggie is my greatest source of inspiration. Every time I feel frustrated or want to give up on something I remind myself of how she just hung in there until she got what she was after. People, especially other students, poked fun at her slowness at times and her “not getting it.” Yes, there were days she came home crying, slammed her bedroom door and cried more. Yet, the next day she headed out the door again. In the end she succeeded where many of those who poked fun at her sorta gave up. That is always in the front of my mind. She was handed some pretty good reasons to quit, but she never did.

Maggie works two jobs. She works as a price coordinator at a pet supply store. She is the only original employee left after four years. Three nights a week she works in the child care facility at our local YMCA. Any time Joan and I meet someone new and they know Maggie, their face lights up. I have been in the store with her when little kids will run up to her, hug her and yell, “Miss Maggie!!!” When she takes our dogs for a walk she knows the name of every animal in our neighborhood. There are people she recognizes only because she knows them from their pets.

If I could share one event that sums up who Maggie is, it would be this: One afternoon she was relieving a cashier at the pet store for lunch. A man came in to buy dog food . He was fumbling through his wallet looking for money and Maggie noticed his hands were shaking a bit. She told him to take his time. The man apologized and told her he’d just found out his mother had passed away. He began to cry. Maggie stepped out from behind the register and hugged him, helped him get the correct change and made sure he got to his car ok.

If I live to be one hundred I only hope I can have a half the compassion she does.

  
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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:21AM

    You brought tears to my eyes. Your love for your children is overwhelming and they reflect it.

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NASFKAB 11/18/2011 9:12AM

  great story wonderful girl

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GEEMAWEST 11/17/2011 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing that uplifting story!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 11/16/2011 5:14PM

    Oh, John, what a beautiful story to share with us! You are so very blessed to have such a loving, compassionate child as Maggie is. This ol' world needs more just like her and I'll say a special prayer tonight for her and for the gift of compassion that she'll be sharing the rest of her life. God must surely have special people in her future for her to touch their hearts; the beauty is that in reaching out, she in turn receives spoken or unspoken thanks for the love and grace she shares. It's a beautiful act of giving and of receiving.

You've SO made my day and warmed my heart, John! Thank you, dear man, and thank you to you and your wife for raising Maggie to be the woman she is. God bless you both. emoticon

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CLOVER2 11/15/2011 10:55PM

    Oh my Lord, this is the child we all hope for. I just went to the graduation of my girl, she is 34 years old and is now a Certified Nurse's Assistant, we do live to see this happen for our babys, it's all we really hope for, to see them do the things that make them complete. John, you are incredible! I don't care if you EVER get to be 175 pounds, you have enriched my life as it never would have been. Thank you.
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CARTOONB 11/15/2011 10:37PM

    She sounds amazing.

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PROT358 11/15/2011 10:18PM

    What an amazing daughter you have! The world needs more people like her!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/15/2011 5:04PM

    If you can produce a child like this, John, you really have little to complain about in this world. You obviously are doing something right and one of your gifts is apparently being a father. Being a good dad is much superior than being thin. More brownie points on earth and in Heaven.

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FREDIA2 11/15/2011 5:00PM

    I too am the middle child and just recently lost my mother. I would love to get to know Maggie. Just remember that she had to have had great parents to be like she is

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KJDOESLIFE 11/15/2011 4:51PM

    Thank you for sharing! This is a great lesson in patience and compassion that I needed today.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/15/2011 4:25PM

    This is a special woman and I sure wish her all the happiness that life can bring.

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RSTENNER 11/15/2011 3:52PM

    Well, John, you brought tears to my eyes! You just have to be so proud of her and I so relate. My son was born with physical disabilities, intestines on the outside, short arm, no thumb. I've seen so many times that they struggle, but they have such a keen sense of compassion for others. My son is in his 3rd yr of college for a 2 yr degree, and yes,I could get upset about it, but I'm so glad he hasn't quit. He has had his own disk jockey business since he was 12 and he's 22 now and works part-time at Taco Johns. He wants to be a radio announcer, in the area,everyone knows him, and tell me he's a wonderful young man. What else could a mother want? Be proud!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/15/2011 3:24PM

    I am loving your blogs about your amazing family.......
You learn so much from others and, you are so right, it is the everyday people that have the biggest impact on us.....

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ZORAHGAIL 11/15/2011 3:24PM

    Maggie has such a big heart. Thank you for sharing w/ us.

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TRACEY5280 11/15/2011 2:00PM

    Beautiful.

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MIZZSB 11/15/2011 1:35PM

    She sure sounds like wonderfull person John!

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SPARKENISTA 11/15/2011 1:27PM

    Maggie may have been born with some learning disabilities but she certainly was not born with a warm heart disability! I'll take hanger-inner over a quitter any day!

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HDHAWK 11/15/2011 12:41PM

    What a lovely girl! If only more young people were like that!

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KKINNEA 11/15/2011 12:25PM

    Amazing.

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PGNBRI 11/15/2011 10:37AM

    What a great heart she has!

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GIRANIMAL 11/15/2011 10:31AM

    Another lovely blog about another of your lovely children. I am always highly admiring of tenacity such as Maggie's. I chuckled about her knowing neighbors only through their pets, because this used to be true for me too when I still had my Killer. emoticon And I frowned at remembering how cruel children can be. But, as is often the case, she sure showed them. emoticon Hooray, Maggie!

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CMBELISLE 11/15/2011 10:28AM

    Maggie reminds me of my oldest - she knows the names of all the neighborhood dogs and the kids she teaches at the gymnastics facility all run up to her when they see her elsewhere. Vikki also has that determination to finish what she started and the compassion to give someone a hug when they're having a bad day.

You have a wonderful daughter and so do I!

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GRAMLORI 11/15/2011 10:14AM

    I was blessed with a Maggie, too! Mine was the 3rd, and last, I thought, until my DH and I got married (she gained an older sister there) and God dropped a little 8 yr old in our laps. It sounds like they both are similar in temperment, and my "Miss Mags" also brings sunshine wherever she goes. Mine is a Maggie May (NOT named after Rod Stewart's song!!) and her full name is Margaret. She was named after her great-grandma. Thanks for sharing your Maggie with us!
God bless!
Lori

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BLACKROSE_222 11/15/2011 9:56AM

    Wow... sounds like you and your Wife did something right by these kids. Your children sound absolutely amazing. Great work, John.

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KATHRYN1955 11/15/2011 9:14AM

    You are so right. Thirty years (or so) ago, I brought in a muffin to work for our new head nurse. She was an "outsider", young and seemed a little overwhelmed. I never gave it a second thought, but to this day, whenever I see her, she still reminds me of how much that meant to her.
Your daughter instinctively already knows the tremendous benefit of those small random acts of kindness...we all need to take a leaf from her book.
Perhaps if we are busy being a little "more kinder than necessary", we won't be thinking about our next high-caloric treats!!
Take care,
Kathy

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WANDAH3 11/15/2011 9:13AM

    Our children are truly our greatest blessing. They can also humble us the most.

Hugs,
Wanda

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WENDYSPARKS 11/15/2011 9:08AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/15/2011 8:59AM

    What a lovely tribute! emoticon

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