Saturday, April 2, 2011
Who I am
In my youth I considered myself somewhat of a thinker, but in truth I was more action oriented than intellectually inclined. Now in my early dotage it seems possible that I might actually become a thoughtful person.
The picture at right is my evidence of that belief. It was taken after Vicki was diagnosed with cancer but before her treatment began. We spent an afternoon at a park in Scottsdale with our kids and a local photographer. The young lady taking the pictures was both talented and creative. We have many great pictures of our kids and us together. Still, my favorite is the one shown here, because I feel
it shows me for who I am, a husband, father and grandfather. In this picture I see the resemblance to my father and vainly hope I am starting to attain his quiet dignity and calm demeanor. Admittedly I am not so sure about either of those attributes coming my way, but I do remain hopeful.
Most men think of themselves as what they do for work. At least I've managed to understand that my most important roles are those that relate directly to my family and friends. My wife has been the one to continually show this aging only child what family is really about. I hope that this picture shows that as well. I am more than content to be her partner in our lives and play whatever part is needed in support of family.
While all of us who have been severely financially impacted by the recession bemoan our work status and finances, I at least, will not fail to count the blessings of a good marriage, a supportive and loving family, and the feeling of belonging to something bigger than myself.
I hope that shows in the picture also.
It's taken me a long time, but I believe that now I am learning who I am.
Who are you?