Archive for Random Musings

I like getting my wife flowers

In the spring you can usually get a nice looking bunch of flowers for a reasonable price if you look around.  We have a farmer’s market that visits my workplace on Thursdays.  They sell cut wildflowers for $11 a bundle, and I love bringing them home to my wife.  What I don’t get though, is why every single woman I work with always thinks it’s funny to act like the flowers are for them when I bring them back to my desk…

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Pomp and circumstance

When I was young I vaguely remember a sort of ceremony when we “graduated” from elementary school. I know that it was the first time in my life where someone who wasn’t related to me told me that I was a smart kid. Other than that, I think that it was something that happened during school hours, and we probably got a half-day out of it (remember those?).

Anyway, my son graduates tonight. There’s going to be a ceremony in the evening, but I don’t think it’s black tie. I do know that parents aren’t supposed to rent limos for it, that would make some kids feel bad I guess. We make such a big deal out of these things now that I wonder if our children will have any sense of perspective when truly life-changing events occur. Getting my plans, for instance–that’s a life-changing event, right?

I expect my plans to arrive Saturday or Monday. That means that this weekend I want to finish the garage. That’s going to involve taking down some hooks, bracing the center of my workbench and installing a bottom shelf, and organizing my tools. My older son is 11 and it will be his first experience with power tools. When I was his age my father built an addition on to our house and I got all kinds of opportunities to “help” with that.

Working with big tools with your father can be a real bonding type of thing. I just hope that the video game generation hasn’t killed that. I’m sure that the XBox is a lot more fun than ripping a large piece of plywood, but maybe the kid will indulge me and act like he’s enjoying himself. What will probably happen is an initial interest followed by a plea to go swimming or inside after the first trip to the hardware store.

We’ll just have to see. :)

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Why this is going to happen

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5:3-5

No one will ever mistake me for a Bible-thumper, but there’s no doub