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March 2015



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Fathers Day Alone

I'm not being sentimental. The dog woke me up at 5:20 this morning to go out and get fed. After I discharged that responsibility, I went back to sleep. The wife called me from Minneapolis at 6:30 to wish me happy Father's Day and tell me all about the storms in Minneapolis and vicinity last night. Afterward, I went back to sleep. The daughter called at 7:00 from Washington, DC to wish me happy Father's Day. We chit-chatted for a few minutes and then she left to help her aunt get ready for all the guests they will have.

I collected the newspaper and read the comics. Travel section has a lovely article in it about a man's travel adventures with his daughter. Then I showered and took the dog out for a walk. In a long-standing tradition, when we got back from the walk, we got in the car and went to Jitters for coffee. With everything in the house packed up and not even a coffee-pot in the kitchen, I was ready for my cuppa and the dog for his biscuit.

But, because it is Father's Day, Jitters didn't open until 9:00. So, we went to MacDonald's for breakfast and a cup of coffee.


Okay, enough poor me! It promises to be a good day and I'm headed for church in a few minutes (with a post-9:00 stop at Jitters). I'm working on my service for next Sunday. It is summer solstice and I'm doing the "pagan" celebration. But I'm wondering if maybe I'm just going to have fun. I've based my concept for next Sunday around an extemporaneous enactment of the rustics' play in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I'm wondering: Have you ever gone to church on a Sunday morning just to have fun? What better message could I bring for the release of kids from school and the long days of summer than to go out and have fun?

I'm beginning to have fun already!


I'm sorry your alone this father's day. I've thought a number of times from reading your entries that you must be a great father to have.

Thank you. I was just asked what's the secret to being a good dad. My response was that aside from an unending supply of unconditional love, it was simple: You aren't the child. It's only you that's expected to act like an adult.

Hope you are having a great time with your little one this day!
Happy Father's Day! I've seen you in action, you're a good dad, and I'm sure the ladies appreciate you every day.

On a different note -- are guests welcome at the solstice?
Thank you. Even when they are a long ways away, I still feel appreciated.

Guests are always welcome! Especially you and your most theatrical wife. Service is at 10:30 at the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. http://www.northlakeuu.org/about/directions/