I wrote this for one of my children…
i wake up this october 3rd just like everyone else in the valley.
First I check the weather channel to see if there are any surprises. then, i turn on the radio for the traffic report to see what obstacles might ruin my day.
as i drink my third cup of coffee i reflect upon the troubled night’s sleep i had, and the sadness that i feel.
i wonder how my wife feels.
today’s her birthday, and we’ve had to postpone any celebration because of my unforgiving work schedule.
my mind wanders to the great lakes where a family member is filing for bankruptcy at 9 am because of credit card abuse, followed by a court hearing at 10 am for sentencing in a 2nd offense d.u.i. case.
closer to home, my parents are leaving for a 12 day , 4000 mile trip through the rockies and the midwest.
how i’d like a vacation like that. but, my mother suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, and a similar trip last year caused 6 months of misery and numerous doctor visits before she recovered.
of course i’ve prayed.
i thanked god for giving me an understanding wife that can put her own interests aside for a few days so she doesn’t add to my burdens.
i prayed for god to have mercy on a young person in their mid 20’s who felt invincible and totally in control of the world.
without god’s help there’s little chance of a good person correcting their mistakes and getting on with a positive constructive life.
i prayed for my father to grow up, and break his old habit of driving past restaurants, roadside parks, and bathrooms just to get 500 miles a day under his belt to meet his man made itinerary.
and, i prayed for me because there wasn’t a thing i could do to change any of these circumstances.
so i left the house and went about my business of trying to control people and activities to create a positive outcome that i could feel good about.
did the same thing the next day too, still feeling helpless.
then, oct 10th the phone started ringing.
it seems something caused the vacationers to reconsider, cancel their vacation and return to the valley.
hadn’t hung up from that call very long until it rang again, and i learned that a repenting young adult’s efforts at counseling and rehabilitation had caused a judge to overlook the normal jail sentence and only assess a fine.
Now they only owe $1600 to the court for the d.u.i. offense.
as i write this letter christmas merchandise is on the shelves already.
i hear halloween is coming soon, and we’re getting calls about plans for a thanksgiving turkey dinner.
i wonder about thanksgiving. was it october 10th when my prayers were answered?
or, is it the day the pilgrims arrived and shared something with the indians? just when is thanksgiving anyway?
that young adult i spoke about in the great lakes area just broke up an employee theft ring.
The retailer issued a reward of $500 for each of the three employees arrested by the police.
Of course $1500 will blow a big hole in the fine assessed in the d.u.i. case. Another lucky day.