I’d like to introduce you to the characters in my life.
But before we do…the wife wanted an opportunity to speak about me without any censoring…
Mike is the most likable person. People will tell you that he’s just so easy to talk to. He has a contagious smile and a magnetic way of being. His energy can light up a room!
Mike is a talented musician who sings and plays multiple instruments (well!). His favorite subject to discuss is the American Civil war. He reads when there is no movie version available and, speaking of movies, he will RULE you in a pop culture trivia contest. Hands down! So much useless movie knowledge!
Mike’s a great dad to our sons because he’s teaching them to be men who serve others and protect those they love. His daughter’s are blessed to wrap him around their dainty fingers. He truly cherishes their snuggles and hugs and encourages them to be kind and compassionate and always ready to help.
As a husband, Mike will be the first to tell you that he could write a book…about what not to do. With all we’ve been through he is truly an expert on how to make things work through communication, compromise, and humor. Lots of laughter in our love!
Babosh – This is m’lady.
I’ll try my best to describe her with words, but I will fall very short.
She is amazing among amazing women.
We have been through so much in our lives and have come through ridiculously cruddy circumstances together. She’s been through stuff and has been ever transformed through hindrances and obstacles. To say that she has put up with me for these nigh 18 years is as understated as you can get without getting into the absurd. We’ve managed to stay just this side of crazy while entertaining ourselves and co-parenting our group of minions.
She cooks, sews, gardens, and has an amazing gift for speaking and encouraging others.
She laughs at my jokes and makes me feel like a king. That’s just about the best that it can get!
Stonewall Jackson –
The oldest of the lot just turned 16. He plays baseball and most enjoys the role of catcher. When he was younger, we would tell him to be like a stone wall and block wild pitches and so the Stonewall legacy was born.
I most enjoy using Stonewall as the guinea pig or test monkey for parenting. If mistakes are going to be made, they are most likely going to be with him. In a couple more years, he’ll be onto college or life outside his childhood home and I’ll cut whatever losses I have with him and just take up with the next one.
The Thinker –
Next in line for the throne is another boy and this one is the most pensive of the group. The only reason he might give a quick answer is because of the pressure I put on him due to an undiagnosed case of impatience that I have pretty much had since I was born, maybe earlier. He usually changes his first answer after having time to mull over the decision and realize that he wants to change his hasty choice.
Bottom line is that I am not able to raise my voice and unleash too many emotional dingers on this kid.
Tiny Dancer –
The next child is the oldest girl and who loves to dance. I love to watch her dance, and to my untrained eye, she has natural beauty and grace befitting a ballerina.
I might also refer to her as “Wee Lass” as she is petite even for a child.
She is a darling just about all the time, but if she gets tired, the gloves come off and the fire comes out. Totally different child.
She pushes me further than any of the others and knows just how to cut right through me with a look or a scowl. It has been suggested by some in the family that this one has me wrapped around her finger. These same people would submit that that is a dangerous thing. I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.
The next three are the youngest and are what my wife and I refer to as “The Littles.”
Colt Severs (I loved Fall Guy!) –
He is our daredevil. Maybe you have one of these in your crew. He can’t just walk from point A to point B. He has to start at point A, jump to point D, then crawlbounce to point 4 and then wriggle on the ground on his side until he passes point B and does a somersault to point R.
His favorite move is whatever makes his parents gasp.
Dazzle is 3 and loves to perform. Not in the Toddlers & Tiaras kind of way, but in the Jim Carrey kind.
She takes a lot after me, which is nice considering that I’m her father. They all take after me to some extent, but this one is a ham with a side of bacon!
She loves to sing loud and act big. Please make sure that you never, ever sing the same song that she is singing. Ain’t no fury like a Dazzled fury!
The baby of the bunch is wise beyond her years and is the only one that takes a pacifier. The others either went the thumb sucking route or elected nothing at all.
She was walking by 8 months and has surprisingly strong verbal skills considering the noise that surrounds her every day. She’s a bundle of joy and I’ll never get tired of watching her discover life each day.
Adios and please take care of your family as if they were really yours.