Why?

Yes, a close friend of mine has recently started a blog for reason(s) of her own. As I read over her entries, I thought to myself how much I would enjoy doing something similar. So, am I copying what she is doing? Was I inspired by her initiative? I do not yet know. I tried to start a Blog of my own. I can pinpoint the exact date. It was the day Star Wars Episode 1 was out in theaters. I started a Blog that evening, because I took my boys out of school and take them to see the movie on the day it was released. I so enjoyed seeing the excitement in my boys eyes that they were going to see the movie the DAY it was released, not having to wait months for it to come out on DVD, and because it was the culmination of a lifelong story that I enjoyed, that was passed on to my boys. Everything was so right in the word for me that day. I wanted to put down my feelings somewhere. That was the one and only entry I made. (View it HERE.)

My life is busy. Very, very busy and stressful. Yet, I do enjoy writing. I do not write often, and when I do, it takes me a while to do it. I go over and over my writing, tweaking and adjusting it until it is just so. But when I am done, it is something I am proud of.

I guess in a way, I have been keeping a Blog (ok, not a Blog, but more of a memoir) of my outdoor adventures for many years now. Outdoor hunting / fishing / camping is something I enjoy, but do not partake in as often as I would like to. I have wanted to leave behind a legacy of some of the things that meant a lot to me when I had the chance to do them. I have been documenting my hunting and fishing adventures on and off since 1998. I usually type them up in a word processor (tweaking them as I do) and when I am happy with the results, I print them out. I now have a special outdoor journal I keep. It is a soft leather book with handmade paper, and a leather strap around the outside. I spent months looking for just the right one. I have been transferring my printed stories into that book for my children, and my children's children. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THAT JOURNAL.


You will NOT find me posting here every day. I would love to say that I will be writing once a week, but, as I have stated earlier, my life is busy.

I'd like to summarize some of why I started this Blog with lyrics of a song. Music has been, is, and will continue to be a huge part of my life. I am not normally an emotional person. I have learned to re-direct emotions. Music is the one place that I allow my feelings and emotions to run free. Happiness, humor, sadness, sorrow, anger, reflection, or relaxation. This is one song that CONSISTENTLY makes me cry. It is the reason I took my boys to Star Wars, It is the reason I keep my outdoor journal, and it is the reason I am starting this Blog.

I guess now I do know. Although inspired by what she is doing, I am not copying what my friend is doing after all.

Benjamin, Jonathan, Zachary, Rebecca, & Melissa - I hope that in some ways you are not like me...

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Cats in the Cradle
by Harry Chapin

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,I got a lot to do."
He said, "That's ok."And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

2 comments:

  1. Looks like it is coming along good Dave. I see you got lucky and did not have to notch the posts for the supporting beams. I helped a friend in Dayton, MN and we had to notch and tie it all together without brackets. Those brackets sure to come in handy. Keep up the good work, Looks great.

    David

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  2. That's some neat insight to have.
    You crack me up with the Star Wars thing. As much as Mother of 5 could have written my post, Mr Weasel could have written your Star Wars post. It's great to have those special bonds and times with your kids. I think it is uber cool that you took them out of school. They will always remember that time with Dad.

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