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Bears, snakes, and all

IMG_9688It’s not very often that our family "gets away." Between work, football, swimming, football and apathy, time has a way of just passing by - almost unnoticed. Later to be lamented for what could have been.  But that all changed last weekend. With a little planning and execution, the McCarthy’s made a return trip to Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Pattie's place in Sautee Nacoochee in the mountains of northeast Georgia.  It’s heaven on earth…but with bears and snakes.

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Lights Out.

5:15am: Phone alarm goes off as it does every day at this time. And I mute it…as I do every day at this time.

5:57am: Sweet talk the coffee maker into one more pot. It’s on its last leg. Walk down the hall to the boys’ shower since ours has a hole in it. Note to self: Our dog, Franklin, is impossible to see in the dark, and his tail is apparently sensitive to weight.

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The Coronation of King William

imagesWell, it’s tax season. Which means it’s that time of year again. Time for spring football! And for the last several days, son William (12), has been trying out for next year’s middle school team. Surprising, really. He’s never held much interest in big brother’s games, nor does he enjoy Saturday mornings with College Game Day. (Come to think of it, he may not even be my child. There are four unaccounted for minutes after his birth when the nurse took him out of the room...) However, on a recent college visit for Nicholas, William was able to tour a college football locker room and even attempt a few field goals when our host – the Offensive Coordinator - wasn’t watching.  And that was it.  There was no turning back; he was to be a football star.

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A Seat at the Table

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There are several subjects that folks tend to shy away from in casual conversation:  religion, sex, politics, and money. Is it any wonder, then, they’re so intertwined in today’s culture? Maybe we should talk more about them with the intention of keeping them in healthy and proper perspectives?   A few of these topics may pop up in future posts, but I’ll not disclose which ones in hopes of keeping you reading. And while I’m not an expert on any of them, I have enough experience with each to be dangerous.  Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?  Money conversations, I can tell you, with four kids and a wife are held with great frequency in my home and don’t always end with hugs and high fives.

We’re all human. And given that condition, emotion always has a seat at the table.

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