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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student #48; A Birth Date? Just a Warm Up!

Updated on June 16, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Cake? What Is More Fun

I am bringing paint brushes for frosting painting today.
I am bringing paint brushes for frosting painting today. | Source

Maybe Happy For A moment

Not so sure about what happened. A month premature. Scarier that hell. The boy’s mom is super “pp”. They call her a petite petite in clothing. Boy oh’ boy that translates into a lot more money and she does sales so the clothes have to be tomorrow’s fashion. So foreign to me. I have some 40 year old shoes that I just love. Rubbing with leather oil, stitching a portion here and there and I am in heaven.

So we get to age. When a child is born as a premature the lungs take it the hardest. It takes about 3 years more to get them right for the age.

The boy’s mom was in the 10th hour of labor and mom and the boy were reaching some negative vitals. Our doc. and I stepped out into the hallway. “Eric we can push it maybe two hours more to hope for a vaginal delivery.” “Hey doc. this is not my first rodeo. Lets do the section but I hold her hand the whole way to surgery”. “Alright then you better scrub up”. Beep Beep Beep Beep and we have some cardiac distress. Move it people!!! “About 3 minutes to get him out and mom is in bad shape”.

I kissed the nearly unconscious mother on the forehead. As the surgical OBG/GYN nurse directed me to cut the umbilical chord and take him to the scale. The call/shouts will for ever stay in the front of my brain. BP ONE NINETY OVER ONE TEN PREPARE FOR CRASH!! “Mr. Dierker you have to leave now”. And across the hall I prayed like never before or after. Two hours of no news.

Well the rest is history. Nine years old today as healthy as can be. Mom is more beautiful today than any yesterday.

We Made It

B: Dad you are kind of crazy.

F: Don’t we all have to be kind of crazy or be dull?

B: Ya but you are a little more crazy.

F: You know I cannot argue with that. Why do you say it?

B: Couldn’t you just be a normal dad?

F: Nope.

B: But people think you are weird.

F: Did you know percentages make us strange. I am a bit over 6 ft tall. That makes me different than most people. Out of the 28 kids in your class what number are you with grades?

B: Sometimes first and sometimes around fifth.

F: You do understand that that makes you weird?

B: Yea but we do not talk that way. We don't call good "weird" and you are just plain old weird.

Wives and Mothers Are Heroes - 1,000 Miles. I Will Do It All My Life!

Who's Foot Print?

One Year Old
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Happy Does Not Do Justice

We have discussed it many times. When we play catch we do not do so well with about our first 10 throws and catches. As much as we try it takes some time to get it down right. Go very early to a pro or college “match” or “game”. They take to the “field of play” to warm up. A good 20 minutes. Most of the players more time than they ever play in the competition.

When I was a pro downhill snow ski competitor I would spend over and hour warming up before a 2 minute competition. You could have a first place winner be only 2 seconds faster than a fourth place finisher. In Football they practice for days before a game.

So what does the boy say about math and language practice from 7 am to 7:30 am every morning?

B: Why do I have to get up so early every school day?

F: Because your mom says so.

B: That is wicked unfair.

F: Buddy I am strict about you getting no less than 9 hours a day sleep. It is just hard waking up sometimes.

B: I go to school a lot everyday. Why do I have to do lessons in the morning?

F: Why do we make you eat a good breakfast everyday?

B: You don’t eat breakfast.

F: I only eat within 6 hours a day. Some deal that is good for me.

B: I want that deal.

My boy and I actually sleep about ten feet from each other. Sure a closet and wall between us, but still only about ten steps from my bed to his through the hall. I have practiced racing in to “rescue” him. He turned 9 at midnight. Actually that is funny because he was born at 12:02. He had his first talking in his sleep episode last night. Locking doors and night and sleeping with one eye open is a dad’s job. I raced to find him asleep.

One day, two day and times 4 million is a father’s gig. During our morning hugs he related his dream. He had been scared. I reckon I should have woken him up rather than going to sleep against his bedroom wall. I will do better next time. I will grow.

My Mocassions

Some shoes last for ever if cared for.
Some shoes last for ever if cared for. | Source

What Route To Good?

Go "Up" Easy You Are God's Flower

B: Dad you act grumpy sometimes.

F: That is because I am mad at you.

B: What do I do wrong?

F: Probably nothing.

B: So why are you mad at me?

F: I have no idea.

B: So I should just ignore you.

F: Kind of I think, but let me think on it more. But if you ignore me when I am mad what will you do when I am all happy about you? Somebody get me an aspirin.

B: That makes me laugh because you do not take aspirin. You are so stupid. Hihihi.

F: Boy you know I am the toughest guy you know.

B: I used to believe you but now I don’t know.

F: Lets go outside and you try to catch my fastball.

B: That doesn’t prove anything!

F: You need to focus and not be so scatter brained.

B: You mean I should not be like you. That is funny.

F: Alright let’s go throw darts where I know I can beat you.

B: Dad I won the last match.

So we all compete. It would seem that a boy of 9 warms up until about 10. Do we warm up with him as a teammate or are we a sideline coach or helicopter dad? If you have answers then you should write a book. I was “cross-examining” a physician once and he said that “the body of a man is like an experiment”. 40 years later I think I finally get it. Being perfect is a pipe dream. Being loving is a sure thing. I have run a river or two like the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. You learn ebb and flow fast. And “back eddies”. Is raising a child different I wonder.

B: Dad, come check out this caterpillar.

F: No son I am just too busy. I laugh when I say that as I am running to see it.

B: check out that color dude. Is it a butterfly?

F: Get a blade of grass. I will go get my special glasses and magnifying glass. Too cool!

B: Dad it is super cool. I cleaned my hand in the wet grass and I want to touch it.

F: Go for it – it will recoil and take off. You will see what I mean.

I Just Ordered My New Clarinet. My Boy Is Getting The Keyboard Down

Let's Go Have A Party

Smile and then pucker up for a kiss!

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I very much appreciate you support and reminders to me to stay "in" the love.

      As we say around here "to the max".

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You are blessed to have a real live and fun stimulant for your brain cells. Your son is a great asset to your mental health in that he keeps you thinking. I'm sure that he also keeps you grateful. Enjoy each other.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I feel you John. But rejoice. I think it may be hard for some to keep up the love. They kind of stub the joy toe. I hope my new poem reflects changes in a new heart. Please stay the course. My son and I read you every week and are blessed with your love through words.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana my Gabe and I discuss our friendship. He told me that Jesus gave it to us the same like one glass of water a piece. I guess to us all comes love in it's own measure. I will get back to you on that.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks for replying to my comment, Eric. I was starting to get a complex. My comments on the hubs of three other people did not receive an acknowledgement even though comments on either side of them did. It seemed as though I may have done something to upset the community. Hopefully, that is not the case. Tell Gabe, thanks, by the way.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love the bond between you and your son. He will grow to be a wonderful man because his example of a man is a wonderful man.

      God bless...

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen it is super to hear from you. I hope all goes well for you. We did not get rain yet today. So I guess we will just have to settle for playing catch in the light of the setting sun. (or I like to say - setting son) I always wonder if the rich folks are having so much delight.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Birthday blessings to The Boy! And to the parents - they know much more about the birth than he can remember. Love these conversations.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill if you have not you must read the book "Honest to God". This notion of taking the time to see thoughts through with another is just fantastic. I was wondering if it is a self help book. Maybe.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I must say that after nine years, your boy sees right through you. That's about as transparent as it gets. Good stuff again!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, sometimes I am trying to write. But like this morning I am interrupted with giggles and laughs. I got there quick and we had our morning "thank you Lord Jesus" hug. A souffle some sour dough and some Blackberries taste better after so hugs.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill already doing chores as my bride directs. She is so smart about doing stuff. She was just telling my boy what to tell me to do. She is boss. And he is my supervisor. We just laugh and laugh around here.

      Now contemplate why your dog loves you soooo much ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Pamela my very best friend told me yesterday that good friends are hard to find. For some reason I don't think so. I think love finds them and love is easy once you learn how to ride that bike.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, happy birthday to Gabe and happy day to you. I love these father/son talks.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Birthday to that brilliant boy of yours...and Happy Sunday to you, my friend. Let's kick some butt today...what do you say?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, I want you to know I consider you a good friend as well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela you always brighten my day. We were talking of "girl friends" and "girlfriends" and the same with boy friends. I consider you a very good girl friend. Thanks.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I am having to begin competing for his time. And he is not even in team sports or scouts yet. I think we might start slipping in a portion for him to write.

      Thank you for your support. Gabe says your poems are better than mine.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada it is great to hear from you. He is becoming about 50% cute and 50% handsome. I am pretty sure that picture was his 3rd birthday. A lot of fun.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your father son talks are so much fun to read. Your love for this boy and your wife certainly stands firm, and I admire the effort you put forth dor your son.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      A wonderful father and son dialogue once again. Keep this series coming Eric. It is a great read and contains lessons for us all.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      The first picture of the kid is so cute and the conversation between the father and the boy is even more cuter and interesting. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

      I always find your articles interesting, unique and innovative.

      Thanks for sharing another wonderful article!

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