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He Said: “You Can’t Pick Your Family, but You Can Pick Your Friends”

May 13, 2010 by  

It’s a huge understatement to say that the past month has been tough with the passing of Kat’s mom.  For me, I’ve been trying to keep two ships afloat – one at work, and the other at home – and at times feel like I’m failing at both.  I try to find the right blend of work and home life, while at the same time being there for Kat when she needs a shoulder (or feels like ripping someone’s head off!).  In speaking for Kat, and I’m probably (as always) way off base, I can only imagine how difficult it is to grieve, but also continue in the daily activities that we all face as parents / working professionals.  If we didn’t have the support group that we have, I’m not sure how we would have gotten through it.

Example 1 – Kat stayed with her dad for 10 days following the news of her mother.  How could I manage 2 kids at one school, 2 at another, with different drop-off and pick-up times, while keeping up with craziness of the “9-5?”  Well, enter my dad, “Pap”, to the rescue!  This guy has done a complete 180, at least from his son’s perspective.  The man has a big “S” on his chest (which when it comes to the kids, stands for “Sucker”), taking care of the 4 rugrats, dropping off, picking up, serving meals and (for the most part) keeping the house together.  I laugh out load over the visual of my dad and my 3-year-old in a negotiating war over fruit snacks, the Wii, or what color socks to wear.  But I know that I couldn’t have gotten through that week without him.  Thanks Dad!

Example 2 – At some point I’m going to author the best cookbook ever written.  And the only items I’ll need are the recipes used over the last 3 weeks.  Our friends & neighbors lined up two solid weeks of meals, and even as of today, the food is still flying in, this time from the kids’ pre-school!  I’m not sure why our friends decided to use their top-of-the-line recipes for our meals, but I’m not complaining – I just know I’ve been hitting the gym a few days a week to accommodate for the 2nds and 3rds I’ve enjoyed lately.

I also have an apology I’d like to make to the rest of the free world, regarding the recent lettuce shortage.  There was no E. coli outbreak – the FDA was only reporting that as a cover up.  99% of the world’s supply of lettuce was in our kitchen.  EVERY meal (from what I recall) was provided with a salad of some variety.  There was one Chop Salad that I – literally – ate as a main course for 5 different meals over the course of a week!  It may as well have been bread and fish.  Again, these are just facts and I’m not complaining, only providing data as to why a head of lettuce went up 50% in price in the grocery store last month.

All kidding aside, thanks to all who have helped out, or have had us in their prayers.  It’s amazing to see how many people will jump in and assist when their friends are down.  There is no more appropriate cliche than There is Power in Numbers.

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2 Responses to “He Said: “You Can’t Pick Your Family, but You Can Pick Your Friends””
  1. It sounds like you have an amazing group of friends – and ones quite concerned with your lettuce intake!


    Dave Reply:

    You can never have enough greens!


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