I have been enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation with my family.  I sure did miss my wife and kids during the election, and it’s good to be back enjoying their company.  I looked at my eldest yesterday and I noticed that this little girl is actually quite tall and growing up really quickly. She’ll be a teenager before I know it and then….I don’t want to think about it.  So we played Monopoly tonight and had a few laughs.  Dad doesn’t take any prisoners when he’s rolling the dice in Monopoly.  My Issy gets a kick out of the personna I take on when I play board games with her. I think she’ll look back fondly on these times.  After all, for kids, family life is about acting on and keeping up traditions. That is what helps keep us whole, to a large extent.

It kind of makes you focus on every minute with them because, as the good book says,  you’re here for a short time only.  I was reading an article in Love One Another magazine yesterday about this nineteenth century mystic Lebanese saint whose body continues to ooze holy oil to this very day.  Before he died, he summed up the judgement very succinctly: in the end you will be judged on how much you loved.  And that’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Of course, the Christian understanding of love is what he is talking about, not the counterfeit that poses as the genuine article in our time.

I’ve also noticed that getting away from blogging has profited my sense of balance.  I am sure I will lose it again, once I get back on the horse, but it is nice to enjoy this rest just the same.  Still, for me, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get rid of the itch. I’m already reaching for the holster….


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