A great man died last week. His name was John. I knew him for 8 years, but I never really got the chance to know him. While listening to his eulogy at his memorial service I realized what an interesting life he led. I also realized the opportunity I missed by not getting to know him better. It’s funny how listening to a eulogy can help you understand how easy it is to misread a person — and then it’s too late.
The American Dream — we all want it. We strive for it. Work hard to get it. I suppose it’s a little different for everyone, but I think there are some basics that most of us want. Wonderful spouse. Great kids – at least one boy and girl. Great job. Big home, with a picturesque lawn on a quiet street. I think I just described Leave It To Beaver.
Is that was success is? Is that how we would define it? How do we even know if we’ve been successful? What is our measuring stick? And, is our measuring stick the same one God uses?
For the past week I’ve been thinking about my dad. I’ve thought about many of these things over the past 20 years of being an adult — and even more over the past 12 years of being a dad. But a week ago my dad died suddenly and unexpectedly.
I think one of the bonuses to living in Southern California is our proximity to Disneyland. Now I realize not everyone feels the same way, but our family loves it. We have been fortunate enough to have annual passes for a few years. One of the years we had passes our kids were small, so every time we went, we rode every ride in Fantasyland and Toontown. Those 45-minute waits for the Dumbo ride about killed me! When our kids were older, we were able to get annual passes again, and I was determined to say goodbye to Fantasyland. I couldn’t wait to introduce them to the “big kid” roller coasters.
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