Another bottom drops out story - Daddy has a big belly.
What is wrong with a Buddha belly?
I am getting older. I do not do crunches and sit ups every day
I stand right around 6 foot. I can hike with a 65 lb pack and can carry my wife in one arm and my son in the other. My cholesterol is perfect and my heart is just right and I take good colon care. I eat like a mouse.
But there I am with a belly. A big old pot belly. The bottom just dropped out. I run and play chase with my boy daily. I just recently hiked the Grand Canyon. But the bottom just dropped out on my gut.
Jackasses! I am not 30 any more!! So with this intervention I am going to have to prove to my family that I can still do anything. Dang it.
sit ups and crunches and more strenuous Chi. Harder hikes and faster walks
Some guys are just born and stay slim. Us Black Irish & Italian types grow happy not skinny.
But me - oh no, I have two daughters 20 something that could be models anywhere. My wife soaking wet might be 90 lbs. And my middle son is a model with abs and pecks that make ladies swoon. He is an athlete in every sport. Big deal. Hoopa Poopa. I have an older brother ihe is 6'7" nearly sixty and looks like an old Adonis. Oscar Nominee for Into the Wild with that Sean Penn guy. My eldest sister is past 60 and has a body that Jane Fonda would die for. And here I am with a pot belly. Short legs and hands that resemble jack hammers. My nose has been broken so many times I can take my hand and flatten it even with my cheeks.
But oh no -- I got to be like Mike.
These people think I need abs of steel.
They will not let me take my shirt off at the beach.
So the bottom dropped out.
Well let us; just you and me talk about this issue. I will get the last laugh. I am a monster. I will get to work while others sleep. I am a writer I can do whatever my mind imagines. So I went and got my Yoga mat and put it in my office closet. I just did 50 sit ups. (owie it hurts) I will reject all of them and tell them their place, like only a writer can do. I will not acquiesce to their petty complaints.
But I will lose my belly. Because ain't nobody got nothin on me. I got thirty more hard years to live, and I am not going to live it with folks who think I am fat.
I have seen such sorrow, these boys cannot even keep up.
So back to my Metaphor
Yes the story about my gut is true. But it is a Bottom drops out Story. I got no right to have a flat belly. I got no right to get back up on that horse of looking good. It is not my bottom. But I have the ability to rise up and be more than I need to be. No -- oh no Lordy no. Sometimes we have a bottom for others. Sometimes as a dad or lover we do not just do it for us. Sometimes others see our bottom differently. Sometimes you just have to take stock.
I am fine with my belly. But what I have is a "teaching" moment. I have the privilege to reach down and again and again show em how it is done. I do not need it. Who gives a damn if I need it --- they do. They need to see old Eric still has it in him to overcome and rise up. If old pappy can do it and little brother can do "so can I".
What hurtles they face are only my business if they make them so. But they are my business and we must leap tall buildings in order to keep the cycle of inspiration burning. Do it for yourself is great for an addict. But do it for others is how a man acts.
So the bottom dropped out. Dang it, but what an opportunity to get it done!
Now let me leave you with a few quotes that may help you.
Responsibility is really a four letter word - Love
Man does not make man - your mother does
Goodness is not an act, but a state of mind
Filth only occurs when we could be cleaner
Children look up to adults -- If it is just because they are taller, we got issues
Sad to say that my momma raised a fool, but she raised him not to be one.
Wear clean underwear, God forbid you get in an accident and the nurses see dirty drawers
Always keep something cooking on the stove it reduces anxiety about what we will eat
Try it backwards, first believe in someone else and then yourself
I like to say: I have to go get my boy from school --- isn't that hilarious I am so excited I am the one that needs a diaper
Peace and love are just dandy hanging over your door on plaque it looks good, but it looks a whole lot better written on your heart.
Buenos Noches me Amigos