Wednesday, March 27, 2013

...Words from the Recovery Room

...the following conversation was shared between my son and I from the Cleveland Clinic recovery room, shortly after awakening from successful knee surgery.  (Keep in mind, the young man was still climbing out of a sedative buzz ;) 

"Hi Boo, how ya feeling?"

"Hi Dad.  Your face is blurry."

"Do you want to go back to sleep for a few minutes?"

"Why?  Is it bedtime?"

"No.  But if you need to close your eyes to keep the room from spinning, you can."

"Is my knee fixed now?"

I smiled.  "The doc says you'll make a full recovery."

"So I can still make it to the NBA?  Maybe play ball with Kyrie Irving?"

"Well Boo, going pro takes a ton of effort and a whole lotta talent, but who knows?"  

The twelve year old closed his eyes a moment, considering his future, releasing a breath.  Then, "I was pretty nervous before surgery." 

"I know.  That's okay."

"Thought I was going to puke."

"Well, you didn't, so that's..."

"Hey Dad."

I giggled, the boy's thoughts now gaining speed.  "Yeah?"

"Did I remember to say thank you to the doctor?"

"For what?"

"For fixing my knee."

"Well, I don't know.  But you'll have a chance later."

"Okay.  Hey Dad?"


"How long will I be on crutches?"

"At least a month, maybe more.  It depends on..."

"Oh yeah, I forgot.  But what do I do when I have to take a poop?"

"We'll figure that out.  It'll be interesting."

"Maybe I'll just hold it."

"For a month?"

He shook his head.  "Yeah, that would be tough.  Hey Dad?"

"Yeah Boo?"

"I can't wait to play ball again."

"Me too."

"I think I'm going to close my eyes for a couple of minutes.  Is that okay?"

"That's fine.  I'll be here when you wake up."

"Don't let me forget to thank the doctor."

"Okay, son."

"He Dad?"


"Can we get ice cream later?"

"Absolutely.  Maybe even some for the doctor."

"Okay.  I'll ask him what flavor he wants when I thank him for fixing my knee."

"Sounds good."

"Don't let me forget to thank him, okay Dad?"

"I wouldn't dare forget..."

...happy to report that he's doing quite well.  And yes, he thanked the doc for fixing his knee ;)


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"History's Conspiracy"

...someone apparently offered Glenn Beck their favorite wooden spoon just prior to taking the air a few days ago, along with the following advice, "Stir the pot, Glenn, my boy.  Stir the pot and watch those ratings soar!" 

Without Hollywood's cosmetic additives, Moroccan actor, Mehdi Ouzaani looks nothing like our Commander in Chief.  Throw in some special affects however, and the History Channel's version of satan in their highly acclaimed series, The Bible, has many accusing the cable network of wrong doing.

The show's producer, Mark Burnett, has denied the accusation, calling it utter foolishness.  The History Channel's take on the subject..."we have the utmost respect for President Obama, and it's unfortunate how someone has made the false accusation."

The show really is fascinating.  A series of epic proportions, with ratings currently shattering the competition.  

As for the resemblance...opinions remain widespread.  Ask a strict Republican on their thoughts, and you'll receive their version of history in biblical terms, armed with enough drama to cause hair loss.  Ask a Democrat, and you'll  get something entirely different.

How about some opinions from fellow storytellers?  What's your take on the conspiracy?  Was it all just a coincidence, or something more? 

Thanks for reading ;)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In honor of our loss...


To a dear lady...

...our family lost a dear lady this past weekend, leaving us at far too young an age.

She was a grandmother, a wife, and a friend for many years.

She not only inspired the completion of South of Charm, but helped out in every aspect of the process.  We are indebted to her...she will be missed.

In honor of her passing, I'm posting one of her favorites.