Life....is good

 

 

     I found this old picture of myself from 1963 when I was 15. I was trim, a real sports jock, well haired and still virginally intact. Vietnam was only a rumor and the first Super Bowl was still  four years away. This was during the time when the term, “dysfunctional family,” just meant everyone had diarrhea from Granny‘s chili. And, oh yes, those memories of going to Granny’s for chili night and then sitting around the rest of the evening as the geriatric ‘butt whistles’ when off causing my brother and me to tear up to the point of strangulation. Understand, back in the day, it was considered rude to comment on the farts of elder family members....bless their hearts, etc.
    I had a pretty girlfriend and was very fortunate in that she had good teeth and was well breasted. A few years later we would be married and by that time Vietnam would no longer be a rumor, but, a destination for many young men like myself. Short years would pass and eventually we would have two legitimate children, a mortgage and car repairs.
     Well into middle-age, we finally tricked the kids into going out into the world and claiming their God giving right to screw up on their own. In time, they gave us a herd of beautiful and, likewise, legitimate grandkids who more than once have had the opportunity to enjoy Grandma’s famous bean soup night followed by a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, butt whistled in D minor. 
    Time moves on, and now, in my golden years, I’ve been informed that I will be graced the venerable title of Great Granddad this Feb. When I look at the above picture of a very young lad, both courageous, proud and stupid, I’m in total admiration of him. Because, from him will come three generations of loved ones that I will count by blessings for every day. You did good, Charlie, real good.

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Comments (37)

  1. SEC

    Amen that you did indeed!

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Oh, yeah….

      October 31, 2014
      1. SEC

        and congratulations

        October 31, 2014
  2. EZWAYZ

    a good life is measured in the lives we bless and the lives that bless ours

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      So true

      October 31, 2014
  3. greunie

    a beauteous one then and now…

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      You are a sweetheart, thank you.

      October 31, 2014
  4. withwings

    That gave me a little emotion. Amazing how a very quick synopsis of something can give such a clear vision and tug at your heart. What a wonderful family still blossoming

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      I like that, ‘still blossoming’. Kinda says it all.

      October 31, 2014
  5. WalkinOnSunshine

    What a beautiful story. You da man!

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Thank ya dear friend.

      October 31, 2014
      1. WalkinOnSunshine

        October 31, 2014
  6. Bettymom

    Oh, I can’t begin to tell you how much I envy you!! Great picture, BTW. When in February?

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      The stork said towards the middle. My BD is Feb 8……wouldn’t that be nice.

      October 31, 2014
      1. Bettymom

        Oh, yes, that would be very nice! Or, my sister’s birthday is the 15th. My mother’s was the 13th. I’d be willing to share.

        October 31, 2014
  7. dreamshadow59

    Congrats Charlie….May you live to see MANY more my friend….God Bless you and yours….MUAH!!!!!

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Thank you hon.

      October 31, 2014
  8. funfreak

    You have been blessed, my good friend.

    October 30, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Ooooh, I am so proud of this family and Wifey.

      October 31, 2014
  9. Toni55

    Yes Uncle Charlie, I agree , “you done did real good”!

    October 31, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Sho have, in deed.

      October 31, 2014
  10. TinkerHale

    Your post made me think of my parent’s accomplishments. They raised 8 of us. Mom stayed home, Dad worked 7 days a week. They never took a vacation, but when relatives came from out of state to visit, even though Mom’s workload was often doubled, she considered it a “vacation” from the routine of life. Only one of us followed in Mom’s footsteps having 6 kids (it wasn’t me). My kids are still single and don’t plan on getting involved in a serious relationship until they feel that they’ve got their own lives in order. My son doesn’t want children and my daughter said that “maybe” she’d like to have one child (only if it’s a boy!). Life’s a crazy journey with so many ups and downs, but we thank God for every day that we have together because each day is a wonderful gift! Really nice post uncle_charlie! Raises her glass of wine, Salute!

    November 01, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      God bless your Mom.

      November 02, 2014
      1. TinkerHale

        Thank you. May God Bless you and yours, Uncle Charlie…You’ve got a lot to be proud of!

        November 02, 2014
  11. just-being-myself

    Great stuff and a massive congratulation Great Grandad to be Take care

    November 02, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Thanks love.

      November 02, 2014
  12. bazmimasud

    Life is good if you are earning money & currency shifting hand to hand continuous daily.

    December 31, 2014
  13. roe

    you are a blessing

    January 07, 2015
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    more info

    February 12, 2015
  15. scorpiotiger

    Hey Uncle Charlie, congrats!

    March 27, 2015
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    It’s really is in the genes.

    November 02, 2014