Well, 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.
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.
My father-in-law, Walt Miller, was an exceptionally special man. He had the sort of talents that everyone wishes they had. You’ve heard the phrase, “Hey, I know a guy.” They’re talking about Walt. He was the real-life Winston Wolfe. The Fixer. Harvey Keitel’s character in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. Interesting movie, but spare your kids from it. Pulp Fiction not in your library? Then I’d direct you to Dos Equis’s, World’s Most Interesting Man, commercial. Other than having two ladies by his side, that’s Walt. So today, in honor of Walt Miller, who was the master of many things, I offer three New Year’s Resolutions for 2016.