Dear Son, Use Caution When Dreaming

Dreams, Like Sand Castles, Can Be Easily Washed Away

Dear Son, use caution when dreaming. There’s a time and a place for dreaming, it would seem. The challenge is discerning this. At 52, maybe I’m dreaming too big. Maybe it’s too much, too late.

Who am I to think it’s possible to change our educational, parenting and personal responsibility paradigms? For today anyway, it’s feeling quite impossible.

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All jeff noel Can Tell You Is That Finding A Million Ways To Stay Strong Is Like Hitting The Lottery

Dear Son, I almost caved while we were on Sanibel Island. The thought of you turning 11 today and the promise I made to be the best Dad I could were the keys to not falling.

Earlier this summer when I asked you if you could ever see your Dad drinking a beer, and you said, “You? No way!”

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jeff noel Met His Wife In A College Interview

Cheryl interviewed me for a job in 1979 at West Chester State College.

She was engaged to be married to her high school sweet heart (not me).

I had found the woman I wanted to marry (not Cheryl).

Neither plan worked out, but I did get the job.

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Dear Son, Life’s Wakeup Calls Are Huge Gifts And Mine Was Discovering Parenting Is Not An Entitlement

Rhode Island, June 16, 2011

Dear Son, every day is Father’s Day. Your Mother and I suffered through an invisible disability, infertility. Parenting is not an entitlement for some couples.

Spending our life savings, struggling for 8 years with pathetic odds, with no guarantee – heart wrenching. Doing our bear hug every day after school – priceless.

I hope every parent can comprehend the wealth children bring.

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2011

Dear Son, I’m blaming you (and Mommy) for loving me…yesterday at Epcot:

Chapin, it’s your fault I started writing five daily, differently themed blogs. Remember? You wondered why your 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Hoback, made you read 20-minutes, out loud, every night.

I wondered why the promise to write your book – filled with Life’s secrets – hadn’t been started. Which prompted a 100-day challenge to write in all five blogs, every single day.

April Fool’s Day, 2009 seems so long ago…

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