Happy Father’s Day!

Megan and her husband Mike had a nice Father’s Day dinner for me just now, a day early because I’ll be on the road tomorrow. It was great! A beautiful evening, great company, and great food! How do you like my “Dad” fruit pizza?

Kevin and his girlfriend Stehanie were there, and so were my parents, so I was able to spend a little time with my father as well.

Being a father to my four children has been the best and most important part of my life! It still is. They are all grown adults, but they will always be my very heart and soul!

And as I grow older, my feelings for my father seem to get warmer and warmer. I’m glad of that.  The complicated father-son thing has settled into complete acceptance.  I can now see beyond the imperfections, beyond my own personal issues that have clouded certain relationships in my life.  I can better appreciate his struggles, and his contributions to all that I am.  Gracias, Pa!

Colorful Kelly

From the day she was born, Kelly has added color to my life. Her playful creativity as a child is stuff of family legend. The ups and downs of her adolescence were painted with the joys and pains of life. She discovered some of her gifts, which include her intellect, athleticism and musicality. She has a view of the world that is special and unique. Her stories are Kellyesque. Her writing is spectacular. I wish she had a blog.

It was wonderful catching up with Kelly in AZ these past few days. I enjoyed meeting her manfriend, Jamen. As a father, it gives me great joy seeing her make the decisions that shape her life. A colorful life. Like the unfolding of a beautiful flower.

Sunday Scenery

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This is my contribution for today’s Sunday Scenery, a regular deal at my friend, Lee’s blog. I am visiting my daughter, Kelly, in AZ later this week. This is a picture of the Grand Canyon that I took during one of my previous trips.

 

Grand Canyon

Click here for my full size gallery/slideshow of 10 Grand Canyon pictures.

2nd Round Madness

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Well, an exciting round 2, and I’m shocked I’m still on the board. #7 out of 20.

I am still in a suspended state of disbelief that Wake Forest lost in round 1. I can’t accept the humiliating way that turned out. When I get back to Winston-Salem, I might just have to stop at Wake and slap those girls around a little bit. Damn!

Without 2 teams in the final four, I will continue to gradually fade away. But I have good reason to still be excited. Carolina and Duke are still in it!

BTW, the solid leader in The Crotte Family Hoops Pool is my niece, Charlotte. She’s my brother Ed’s daughter, and a Michigan State graduate, and she is a tough competitor! I don’t really mean it, but “Go, Charlotte!”  ; )

Round One Madness!!

Thrilling and agonizing! This may be as good as it gets for me, #2 out of 20 in The Crotte Family Hoops Pool as of the end of the first round! You’d think I’m on a roll, but my most important pick LOST in the first round!!! Arrrggghhh!!!

My home team!! The Deamon Deacons are out! Ouch!!! I had picked Wake Forest to play my other fav team, Carolina, from just down the road (Hwy 40), in the finals, and to win it all!! And now they’re out!! In my heart, I thought Carolina was the better pick, but how can you not support your hometown team?!?
Arrrgghhh!!!!