Appreciating the Present: A Christmas Tale

This would be the last Christmas on our land. The land where we had chopped firewood, planted trees, dug a pond, raised various animals, and pulled weeds out of a huge garden. In a few months, when the trees, weeds, and cornfields would be full and green, we would move 15 miles away to a city of 13,000 people. For now, it was still business a usual, opening gifts on a cold December morning.

1981-12 Christmas Justin (4) Tractor
Me (4), Christmas 1981, armed with a tractor.

Like many toys from the era, this Ford tractor was mostly metal and could have easily doubled as a weapon—I had it for many, many years. Also, notice the large white Bible on the TV—we had it for many, many years as well. Continue reading “Appreciating the Present: A Christmas Tale”


How a Hobo in the Country Made it Big in the City on Halloween

Justin wants candy. He dreams of chocolate bars, strawberry taffy, and those weird peanut butter candies that only show up around Halloween in unmarked wrappers (a bit suspect if you ask me), but Justin has a problem…

1981-10 Halloween Justin (4) Sitting
Me, Halloween 1981

He’s at home, sitting on the couch. Continue reading “How a Hobo in the Country Made it Big in the City on Halloween”