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PIGS, PUDDLES, AND PRESCHOOL WISDOM

     As the father of three adult children who will all be married within a 9-month span, I am (and have been) in something of a reflective mood recently. While I haven’t pulled out old photo albums just yet, I occasionally recall certain events, incidents, accidents, and humor surrounding my kids when they were younger. As I share some of these historical tidbits with you, my hope is that you will not only indulge this dad in his reflections, but that you also will receive some insights that will encourage you in your daily living.

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DIVINE CRAZINESS

     All three of my children graduated from college in Birmingham, AL. The university is located on Lakeshore Drive. During the 11 years that Hall kids attended school in Birmingham, we frequently visited a Chick-fil-a, a Wal-Mart, and different hotels that were situated near the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Interstate 65.
     Most of our visits were on weekends and we often saw a van parked in a grassy area on Lakeshore Drive near the I-65 intersection.

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ENCOURAGEMENT YIELDS BLESSING

     I have a confession to make…I may be a borderline perfectionist. I say “borderline” because I know I have not, cannot, and will not achieve perfectionist status in many areas. Nonetheless, I have high expectations for myself and for others. The underlying focus for my high expectations is “always do your best.” Admittedly, the definition of “best” is somewhat fluid as one person’s “best” may fall short of another person’s “best.” When “bests” and expectations differ, frustration can arise between the parties involved.

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FALLING REFRIGERATORS

     I don’t know how you spend your Saturdays but mine tend to have lots of variety (translated as working on several different projects). A recent Saturday began with food preparation for my mom followed by hauling items to the burn pile and starting a fire. Next, my wife Joyce and I loaded a trailer with several commodes and water heaters that had been replaced during a home renovation project. We delivered these items to a ministry non-profit located about a half hour from our house. We then drove about a half-hour in another direction to pick up a new refrigerator for the ministry building (“The Shed”) being constructed behind my house.

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GOING TO THE DENTIST

     I don’t know about you, but I enjoy going to the dentist. I recognize that some folks might raise an eyebrow or question my sanity for admitting that I like to visit the dentist, but I really do enjoy my dental appointments. Granted, I don’t get terribly enthused about the seemingly malicious manner in which the hygienist uses barbed wire to floss my teeth or the pick-axe that is used to rid my teeth of plaque build-up. Furthermore, I’m not a huge fan of the rotary sander spread with flavored toothpaste that is used to brush my teeth or the firehose that is utilized to rinse my mouth.

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35 YEARS AND COUNTING

     I don’t know about you and your family, but significant dates such as birthdays and anniversaries (along with special holidays) tend to be clustered in certain months for my family. For instance, February includes the birthday of a brother, a sister, my father, my grandfather, and two sons (one born on Valentine’s Day). The month of May includes my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and my parents’ anniversary. August includes the birthdays of my daughter, another sister, me as well as the anniversary of my wedding.


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BETTER THAN BISCUITS

     At a Sunday morning prayer breakfast, an old farmer was asked by the pastor to say the blessing before the meal. The farmer began, “Lord, I hate buttermilk!” The pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where the farmer was going. The farmer continued, “And Lord, I really hate lard.” Now the pastor was worried, but the farmer prayed on, “And another thing Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw flour.” The pastor was about to interrupt the farmer but he could tell that the prayer was almost over. The farmer concluded with these words:

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