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A Real Good Life. I guess for Thanksgiving.

Updated on November 26, 2013

Sorry but my people mean more than places.

Why not just runaway?
Why not just runaway? | Source

One time I met a psychiatrist.

I promise this guy really wanted to convince me that my childhood was traumatic. I told him of my many thanksgivings. He was sure I had childhood issues. I told him I had had a real good life. He was sure I was in denial. I told him that I had had a real good life and that I had a lot to say about thanksgivings. After about 5 sessions he called me boneheaded and Pollyannic. And that was that.

Well I reckon he was right about both diagnoses. But hell's bell's that does not change my life. One thing I can say for certain is that if you can show me your life is better than mine I will Paypal you 10 bucks. I mean it. I am serious. That is not a bet but a contest, certified by me.

It is the 25th and I am cooking a turkey right now.

I did at least 45 years of hauling kids when I was older and chopping firewood and getting ready when I was younger. All good, every second. But now I cook a turkey today and my young bride and I go out with our young son and nephew on Thanksgiving. We found out when he was one years old that folk just loved to see him out on that day. Older folks who go out and steadfast weight staff that miss their families to make a living on that day. And of course travelers.

Shout and shinola we hardly get to eat with all the greeters just rubbing his head and tears in their eyes of lost years or what could have been. He seems to get it and smiles and acts just right.

So can you imagine a country born boy enjoying a city dinner in a city with strangers? Heck I could not have twenty years ago. But what I got to offer others changes -- thanks be to that.

Love is not a battle ground.

I do not say truth for I do battle with Aphids
I do not say truth for I do battle with Aphids | Source


Believe it or not I am thankful for the jails I have been in and there have been a few. Paris back in 75. There was an uprising of students against the/or celebrating some regime change over in Spain. So of course as good students in the seventies we rallied and protested until they took us all to jail.

Mexico in 1990 was memorable. I had bought a recovered Toyota Celica all legal through insurance. That means it was stolen and recovered and the car was sold at auction. But not yet cleared to Tijuana police. Oops. An alleged vehicular theft. I was not treated nicely.

A horrible DUI (my prescription narcotics) arrest. OK I admit to the 109 MPH. But the outrageous conduct of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and family seemed real strange. It was like guilty until proven innocent.

So I admit that I am not a "good fellow". That bar fight in Flagstaff Arizona was dead wrong. They just passed the no smoking laws and we went on the veranda to smoke our stogies and somehow we had skipped out on a bill for food we had not yet eaten. OK Fine my brother in law and me maybe should not have hurt those kids but still......heck they were 20 and above. And we did not kick them while they were down. Come on --- common rules apply and we were never charged formally. I guess it was kind of an embarrassment to everyone. The owner of the restaurant hired me manage shortly thereafter.

Every one of those jail times, slowed me down a notch in a good way. Think of a dog on a leash. I had to get used to being tugged into acting normal. And I got to tell you the normal life is really easy and nice.

Sorry but I do love you! That is a hard cold natural fact!!!

Big old "C". Yes I lost friends but I survived.

Cancer should not really be such an ugly word. It brings good folk together to battle it. Me - I am alive. Yes my hair did not grow back right, and my remaining teeth are a fright but by golly Cancer did not kill me and let me know the world is right. Stage four Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma with pancreatic involvement. I remember fighting the pain before the diagnosis. My dad made it first. And said I was done for. Love that old doc. He was awesome and right. I wrapped up affairs and that father doctor of mine was right. The fancy oncologists diagnosed me terminal.

I reckon they mentioned it to me. But the doctors forgot to tell God. That whole time I never met an angel except those that showed me love. And I have go to say that the loving I got was worth the cancer.

Sorry but I love you. It just is crazy.


As a matter of fact except for a zoning ordinance for which I was arrested. I have nave not ever been formally charged, but my home is different!!

In fact tonight I have been charged and by my wife formally accused of causing my son's first ear infection, not taking out the garbage and failing to properly admonish those who did not pay a Verison phone bill. I was also convicted of the crime of a dry pre-thanksgiving turkey.

I confess. I is a bad man.

Yet through all that the judge and jury still love this horrible man. I make los Miserables look like gold on one hand and even sadder on the other.

Could you love a man in jail?

Can you even imagine that lovable Eric had a blade in his boot?

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My wife searched my pockets just last night.

That is not right. But I slipped the new ring out of the the pocket and gave up some planted stuff.

Well yes I believe love is about secrets and fun. She will love the ring. A woman has no right to search her man's pockets, It is just wrong and men should stop that behavior. But better yet use it to build suspicion and suspense. Let them consider you a bad bastard through December and then the make up adoration is worth the price. Leave her alone for the first of December. Act un-interested. I tell you true this is one abstinence that will bust forth love.

You think me the idiot --- go back and read my jail deals. And yet my ladies love me. Why??? Because I love them more.

Let us get back to the theme. Love.

This hear is a really good life. Let me tell you a little somethin somethin about good or is that God? I bust out in happy. I mean I am just adored. And I adore. No way is that right. I am a bad man but I love more than i receive. Now that is not right. I am not talking some confessional here. I am talking simple math. I I receive I give twice that. It is that simple. "Give more than you receive and you shall receive more than you give."

I do not get that yet. But I live by it. And by golly I never does want. We just flourish.

It cannot be my preaching!

Oh i do preach and I love that good old fashion feeling and love to watch folk mesmerized by my words. They weep and they stare and they have a rapture. But that is not the deal. Even though it is not me preaching. For I never prepare ahead of time, what to say. I just study and get all silly and then let the words come out. That is my deal with Jesus ----- just shut up and let me speak. He does pretty good. I like Longmire, go figure.

OK I drop my hat and let your pony stomp on it.

Here is the deal. I just love life. I love my children and my wife. I like and love sunsets as much as sunrises. I like stormy nights as much as bright bright bright sunshiney days. I think a fall down is only a chance to rise up. If I do not fall how can I raise up? I like and cherish my failures, for one reason that they make me meet others that are not facade like perfect.

A blade of grass with dew on it can hold my attention toooo long. A corrupt attorney makes me stand in contemplation and a politician always has my sympathy.

If this is not a real good life I would like to know it.

I am not qualified to ultimately judge even me.

I reckon that if you love me that is grounds for me to love me.
I reckon that if you love me that is grounds for me to love me. | Source

Let me wrap this up as is my want.

You really stink at being a good listener. You are the worst audience I ever did play for. Isn't that funny. Just imagine a musician saying that.

If you read this down to here then you prove my point above. No one who really read this would have put up with it this far. Me I just love life and I am so happy you are a part of my life. Out hiking and exploring today I picked up a beautiful stone. It was a Leaverite, and that means "leave it right there", because it is a part that explains earth history exactly where it is. Well please leave me right here because I love where I am at.

Sorry to my honey, but life is real good. And I know you deserve money and diamonds but I just love life, I am thankful to have her and you in my life.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Faith, I must say the opposite is true with you. You always spread the love. I wonder if you do not have one of those "enlarged" hearts! Blessings to you and yours.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Shoot suzzette you smile from within. Most my dribble can be laughed with, but that is up to the reader. I just love your good vibes.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Brian, sometimes fiction is just another way of looking at something. And as ugly as I am that is a requirement. Happy day

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      April thank you very much for reading and commenting. I must say most folk do not come here to read "normal" thinking. Be careful ;-)

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      April Garner 

      4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This is the first hub of yours I've read. I have to say, you seem like an interesting person based on this one. I've read a lot of, "what I'm thankful for" stuff lately but nothing like this. I enjoyed it's uniqueness and intend to read more of your hubs.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, indeed, much to be thankful dear Eric! One never ever knows what to expect when reading your hubs ... always entertaining.

      Always enjoyable.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

      Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      You certainly have a lot to be thankful for! Quite an interesting and entertaining read and I read the whole thing! LOL I wouldn't pay attention to the naysayers or those that criticize. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it brought a smile and chuckle on. You must be doing something right! LOL

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      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thank you, Eric. Yes, I admit that I never quite know when you are giving us a load of fiction, but I don't care, I love you anyway. Have a good Thanksgiving.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      What a breath of fresh air you are my friend. I have to tell you when you warned me - I began to have fun with my complaining. Then I was reminded of all the movies and books I have read that have in them the novelist fighting with his editors. And it cracks me up, that here I am doing it.

      If I want a good laugh the mirror is a fine place to find it.

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      4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      ha, ha, ha .. I am smiling now Eric..

      After reading your forum thread about how the editor(S) do not give you higher scores.. was the funniest thing I have seen on hubpages in a while..

      How dare you challenge the status quo..? LOL

      you were attacked like a swarm of bee's that just had had the hive kicked down..

      wow.. that goes to show you that here on hubpages ,, it is all for one and you are on your own

      the best lesson you should learn from this .. write and post what you want .. do check where they rate you .. for this space they call hubpages is filled with jealousy, ego's and a clique of members who will attack you like the leftists that perpetrate the political spectrum called the internet..

      ha , ha, ha

      I stopped worrying about what people say about my work or how much I make here on this tiny small website long time ago..

      I search the earth ..not a tiny island .. for my true friends that appreciate art in words..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      How nice of you to write me this uplifting comment. I really really appreciate it. Thank you much.

    • cleaner3 profile image


      4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      A wonderful expose' of the simple life we all lead.. only many of us are to ashamed to throw it out there.

      When we realize we e are not who we portray ourselves as.. it is a beautiful moment .. for it brings our mind to sanity and enhances the life that is there.. Hmm. a preacher you say ..?

      I would describe you as a man to emulate.. a sage of equal proportion to any.. one who has found himself , which many on this earth seek to do... but never have the guts to stare into the mirror and open their eyes..

      I would not say you are the best of writers .. but you are a deep thinker of what life is all about.. and that is where it is at..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Man o Man Bill, if someone told me life would just keep getting better I would have laughed -- but it sure does, with friends like you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi Grace in us, I will think of you as I give grace before eating our dinner. So many blessings is right!! Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is good my friend. Anyone not seeing that fact has their eyes and hearts closed. Loved the message buddy!

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      4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Great Hub Eric. And through all the good and bad we're still blessed and have good reasons to be thankful. Have a great Thanksgiving to you and your family.



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