- Father of three terrific (now adult) children.
- Retired Millwright.
- Beekeeper. (He’d offer so sweet honeycomb picked off a hot knife)
- Gardener. (He’d bring over juicy plums, peaches and apricots)
- Farmer. (Hay Baler Cotter pins busting. Yelling and scrambling to get alfalfa in before rain)
- Base singer in Men’s Choir. (Deep, Deep voice)
- Photographer. (Black & White specialty including film processing in his dark room)
- Cyclist. (20+ miles a loop. Pumping up and down. Relentless. And alone)
- Cross-Country Skier. (10+ miles a pop. Traversing the most difficult Monashee Mountain terrain. Alone)
- Volunteer Organizer for Charity
- Woodcarver/Artisan. (Handcrafted jewelry boxes. Smooooooooth. Wood grain glistening.)
- My Uncle is “All-In” in whatever he engages in – - a deep commitment, dedication and a subject matter expertise acquired by one do-over, to another do-over to another – - until he gets it just right. While I don’t share his passion for or accomplishments in these areas, we share deep kinship in others – - both of us now operating thousands of miles apart in different worlds.
- An enjoyment of solitude.
- We prefer fewer words (no words?) to more.
AND, we have a lightening fast-twitch, volcanic anger muscle that pops…spewing collateral damage in its wake.
I didn’t understand my Uncle when I was young. I’ve learned. I AM HIM.
I’m trying to turn the screws on genes. And, it’s a rough ride through discomfort zone. Let the *good* flow in – - immerse yourself in it. Be Grateful. See the GOOD. Be the GOOD. Before pouncing – - PAUSE. Count to three. Engage in dialogue. FORCE yourself out of your comfort zone – - that’s where the real growth lies.
So, I had to smile when I came across the Google photo above of my Uncle. He’s wearing a t-shirt with a Gandhi Quote:
“What Would Gandhi Do? Be the change you wish to see.”
Uncle, you’ve never said much. But I hear you. Loud and clear. On this Sunday morning, and every Sunday morning, I’m with you.