That Foolish Young Man
I opened the car door fighting the tears but not the memories: my daughter’s delight, as I squeezed into that tiny plastic pool for a swim; the ride on that miniature Smurf train, over and over and over again; the pride of her cheerleading and the wonder of watching her become a teenager: The stuffed animals are for decoration, Dad!
And my son: teaching him to go under water by accidentally dropping my keys in the deep end of the pool—followed by my pocket change; that glorious day hiking at Pinnacles National; and those treasured chess games I always lost—and no, not on purpose.
As I finally start the car, I can almost smile at the unfair wrestling matches, two against one, and a father that always went down, but not easily.
Next week, my eyes will be tearing again because, you see, there was a divorce.
Looking back from the height of some decades, that divorce is now just one of my many regrets. If I could just write to that young, foolish know-it-all, pass on some simple insights.
And so I did.
HE, of course, wouldn’t be interested in anything that even looked like advice, so it is a good thing I am a storyteller, a literary entertainer of sorts, and even he would enjoy the way these ideas are presented.
Perhaps if I had been in his life, that life might have gone a bit better, somewhat easier.
I’d like to think so.
But He Just Couldn’t !
No matter what he tried, that young man just could not stick with even the smallest resolution (never mind the big ones at New-Year’s).
And he kept feeling all of joy of starting a new resolution and all of the negative feelings of every failure.
Why give away these techniques, instead of encouraging him to pay (and let me guide him) ?
Every time he even tries to find his own answers, his inner strength increases; and is there anything more important than becoming stronger?
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