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Thursday, March 12

"I hate cinnamon rolls! I love flowers."


 My wee "little children" (15 months ago)!

"I hate cinnamon rolls! I love flowers." This is what I heard a darling little girl say while climbing on her playground's gym. "Your turn now!" she boldly added, summoning her friend to go next. Capturing that moment in my heart, I carried on walking past them, reminded of the sweet simplicity of childhood... or at least, how it should be in an ideal world.

Hearkening back to when my own children were that little; seeing where they are now and who they've become, I can't help but feel incredibly privileged, humbled even, to have been able to play such a (big) part of something so miraculous. Watching one's kids grow up is a sobering, beautiful thing. The responsibility gives life that extra meaning and oomph, if you will, to keep going when things get tough...if not for oneself...for them. I'm thankful to have had that chance.

While I don't talk much about my own kids, that doesn't mean they aren't central to my life. In fact being a father has been one of my greatest joys. Protecting their privacy, especially when younger, was always tantamount to me. And now, seeing them more engaged in the world around them, playing their own central part and becoming young adults, makes me know in an even deeper sense, just how much it was all so worth it. I'm sure most parents think this of their own, but I can honestly say that I believe the world is a better place with these three in it.

I could go on on but I think you get the picture. :) Loving others is what it's all about and loving one's children grows you in ways one can't imagine. My only wish would be to be able to bundle them up once more, bounce them on my knee, read them bedtime stories, and roll around with them on the floor like we used to, laughing until we cried...except now they're all too grown up and I'm not as sprightly as I used to be. ...Well, um, I suppose that is actually more than one wish. :)
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  1. What beautiful kids (young adults) you have right to be proud!

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  2. Oh my, Michael, you have every reason to be busting buttons proud. They are all beautiful and such a reflection of YOU my dear boy.
    You've said it so well...we love and teach them, but in turn they love and teach us. This is a wonderful post.

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    1. So true! About the learning, that is. LOL. Well, they have good genes from their mom like good eyebrows. LOL. thank you though. They really are a blessing.

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  3. Oh I forgot....what you experience at the playground was so cute...cinnamon rolls and flowers. Precious kids.

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  4. Nice to read a personal post like this.

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    1. TY Happy! That made me happy!

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    2. I mean it too. I enjoy those personal stories.

      The best. Well, you're my last stop for the night. I wish you and your honey bunny (and her brother), and great night.

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  5. Wow - your kids could all be models! How wonderful that you have these three in your life - I am sure they inspire you and, in turn, you inspire them.

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    1. I agree, they really could all three be models. Stunning.

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    2. Haha, they so do. Thank you, Suza. So nice of you to say that.

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  6. . . . . . . and here I was all these years thinking you were the handsome one in the family - all that curly hair! Oh my goodness Michael, your children are so attractive - I wish them well in life, may all their dreams - and your dreams for their futures - come true.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Hugs - Mary



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    1. Oh, that is so lovely of you, Mary. Thank you. Well, my sons have the thickest hair now but my oldest son has the curly hair now. Mine is sadly getting thinner. lol

      thank you. My daughter is married now to the 3rd most injured vet in teh US! One never knows what will happen next.

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  7. You have a beautiful family, Michael. :-)

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  8. BTW, for anyone reading this, in case you have not seen, the sign up for FLOWER will be on CT for this week (like normal). Thank you.

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  9. Love you so much Dad!!! I'm so thankful for our family being so close. Is absolutely is my greatest blessing I will ever have. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. such a beautiful post and beautiful photo as well!

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