So Yesterday I posted a blog about the feelings that I have at the end of the year, in particular about this end of year. Yesterday morning, however, two things happened that put me in check. Since I actually felt better after venting yesterday morning, I’m gonna try it again this morning as therapy.
First thing, the student who won the woodworking award and scholarship came up to say “thanks.” While he was there, he told me that if it weren’t for me, he probably wouldn’t have graduated high school. Sometimes kids will say that just to say it, but I felt this overwhelming responsibility come over me, because in this case I kind of felt like it was true.
The other thing that happened came from a phone call from my best friend Schmitty. His dad has had cancer for about two years now, and just this week he went on hospice. his phone call was to tell me that his dad finally lost the battle he with cancer, but now was at peace. Bob (his dad) was such a good man. He taught me how to hunt, and helped me on multiple woodworking projects including the stand for my bear mount and the tables I made for my living room. More importantly, he taught us how to be good men. Decent men. He was the guy who was a friend to everyone he met, and took care of his family and friends like no other. He taught us that money will come and go but friendships will last forever. I will always remember the things he did for our group of friends and he will be dearly missed.
So that put my perspective in check also. Schmitty just had a son in early April. I made a keepsake box for his son that I want to give him, but I’m not sure if now is the right time. I was hoping to give it to him on his birthday which will be Monday, but now we are having the memorial service and wake for his dad on Monday. I think I’ll give it to him tonight.
-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails