Most years in the nineties I couldn’t wait for mid-February and 1998 was no exception. Being a Nascar fan and a Dale Earnhardt Sr fan made this the biggest time of the year. It was finally time to start the season with the biggest race of the Nascar season, the Daytona 500. Earnhardt going into the 98 season had yet to win the Daytona 500. This time it would be different, yes in 1998 Dale Earnhardt Sr won the Daytona 500. With my mom passing away in Jan, Earnhardt’s victory was a wonderful way to help cheer me up.
Surviving the seventies as a kid may not be as hard as you think. Yes, it’s true we didn’t have cell phones or computers, but we had this thing called friends. No, we actually knew who they were and spent time in person with them. Traveled to their houses and played outside. Phones were attached to the wall in the house and usually everyone wanted to use it at the same time. Yeah, one family, one line for the entire family. I came from a large family, five brothers and a sister along with mom and dad. The phone usually wasn’t the best way to communicate with your friends privately because someone was always nearby hearing your conversation.
It wasn’t always dogs in my life. I remember a dog when I was little but when I was six, he was removed from the family. I don’t remember the reason, but I think he was rehomed to a family with a farm. It would be ten years before my love of dogs would be found again.
As December comes to a close, I look back over the year and review all that has happened. It serves as a learning tool as well as a chance to remember all that we accomplished during the year. The year 2020, in late 2019 I called the year 2020, the year of perfect vision. Looking back, the year is going to be one that many people will dread to recall.
We’ve done this before, why would this one be any different? It was June in 1998 and Dad was all set to retire. Along with retiring, Mom and Dad had picked out a home for them to spend the rest of their lives at. Moving day was always exciting, Dad being a minister had moved a few times and this one was no different. Except this time, none of us kids were moving with them. We all had our own places but was there to help them. Mom was having some medical issues and was able to make an appointment on moving day. Dad took her to her appointment while the rest of us supervised the moving company. This was hard work, which was filled with drinking coffee, eating donuts and sharing stories with the family.
The year of 2020 has definitely been a year full of disappointments. Weddings postponed or not quite the day envisioned. Businesses struggling with restrictions placed on them forcing them to close or reduce their workforce. There is one thing that will never change. Santa Claus will still be heading out on Christmas eve to make his deliveries.
A puppy for Christmas could be the most awesome gift a family could get. It can also be a nightmare. Funny thing about puppies, they grow up. That cute little puppy is now a full-size adult dog. Did you consider the food the dog will eat? How about the vet bills for the dog? Will you train your puppy yourself or take classes with your dog? Yes, you take classes with your dog.
Going out to play darts had always been fun and exciting for me. But not as exciting as the adventure a small black critter with a white stripe down his back created. The evening started out as most dart nights did, I’m at the line thinking to myself that I must concentrate, my aim must be perfect to make the shot. As I was about to release the dart my leg starts to vibrate, the dart missed it mark and I answered my phone.