To Celebrate a Great Lady

Sarah has planned so many amazing things for our family, I couldn’t compete. There is one event she planned for me on my 40th I would love to do for her someday.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “RSVP.” Plan the ultimate celebration for the person you’re closest to, and tell us about it. Where is it? Who’s there? What’s served? What happens?

The ultimate celebration I’d like to plan would be for my wife Sarah. She plans everything for our family so it would be high time I planned for her. I think I’d reserve the back room at the Spaghetti Factory since we’ve used it before. I’d have everybody in like her parents and her sister’s family. I’d invite all her friends I could get a hold of. She, like me, has friends woven in and out of time through the years.

We’d take turns sharing about why Sarah is special. I’d be tempted to do a roast but that certainly wouldn’t be appropriate. I want to build her up  not put her down. Finally, we’d enjoy some great food, she would open her presents and the party would end. We’d drive home happy, hopefully her the most happy. Yeah, something like that I could probably pull off.

She Made Him Nekojiru – A Story

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “An Odd Trio.” Today, you can write about whatever you what — but your post must include, in whatever role you see fit, a cat, a bowl of soup, and a beach towel.

He had been cheating on her for weeks and she only today suspected him. While he was at work, she managed to hack his Facebook account and the evidence was clear as day. She was beside herself as you could imagine but it went a little further than that. She prepared him some soup. When he got home she acted normally, kissing him on the cheek and sitting him down to enjoy his soup.

He had a favorite cat that he didn’t see. It usually meowed really loud when he came home. He sloughed it off and started slurping his soup. That was when she addressed him, “Honey, you’re getting it down your chin.” She dabbed it off with a local beach towel. That was when she explained where the cat went.

(Nekojiru is Japanese for Cat Soup)

How I Missed the Boat from my Teens Through my Thirties

Today’s prompt had me in deep thought. If I could go back to a crossroads to avoid missing an opportunity, what would I change? I would have cultivated my listening skills more. What’s passed is passed but I can still save the rest of my 40’s anyhow.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Reach.”


I see the buffalo as strong and silent, fitting traits to meditate as I work to be a good listener.

Since I don’t have any regrets about the path I chose, I’ll write about an attribute, a personality trait I failed to cultivate adequately: listening. I spent my teens and twenties nervously correcting people, even though my heart was in the right place. I learned from church as well as from my parents to be “slow to speak” but I rarely followed that advice.

Now at 46 it’s a perfect time to put more listening into practice. It’s never too late to develop a better practice of deeply listening to others. There is a wealth of information right at arm’s length 360 degrees around us. The hardest part for me is to slow down and be approachable. When I have listened completely and fully to another, I am made better and more empathetic as a citizen of the world.

And All Was Well in the World

The challenge on this one is to blog something that ends with the phrase “And all was well with the world.” As a dad, I want things to go well for my kids. Unfortunately I have to be tough sonetimes because I know the world will be much tougher.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No Cliffhangers.”

An example might be a new kitten. My youngest would love it but she’s learned to stop asking because we’ve given her the rolle of cleaning the catbox for the middle aged cant we now have. Cleaning up after animals is no cute party.

My other daughter is a little better but someties has questions about why she can’t stay on the computer all the live long day. Weve explained that physical exercise and avoiding strange people you meet online are important consiedrations for a 10 year old growing up. I just started her on her own blog where she posts her drawings and she loves it. I don’t thnk she wants to hang out on Roblox or Minecraft online all day. She “got the memo.”

My 17 year old son has been laying around the house lately pplaying his xbox. I enjoy a good lay around as much as anybody but I already earned my college papers. I’e been working in my career for almost 17 years. If I wanted to play xbox I would. Instead, I see the importance of preparing for what is coming next in my life. I see my son doing that when he prepares or college. So, those are snippets of how I work to be a dad. In my eyes, I wish only to see my kids happy. One day I hope to see them as happy adults … and say all is well with the world

This post was published first as And All Was Well in the World on Riley Central.

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