Death of a Sibling

The death of my brother (Aaron Thaler) was devastating.

I was a few weeks shy of 3 years old when Aaron was born, so he was a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

My father was in the Army and we grew up overseas.  I didn’t really get to know my extended family until I was a teenager and I never had the same friend for more than a couple of years.

That made my relationship with Aaron even more special.  He was that one person I was able to play with and fight with, all throughout my childhood years.  He was my only consistent friend.

We had our ups and downs together.  Many battles were fought and a lot of blood was spilt.  However, no grudges were held.  After a few days, we would laugh about the last fight as if it was all a game.

Aaron died suddenly and I spent the first month in a state of shock.  Eventually the reality hit me and I went into a deep state of depression.

I will always miss my brother.

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The World Needs More Hugs

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.   (Bil Keane)

That’s what people do who love you.  They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not lovable.  (Deb Caletti)

I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.  (Ann Hood)

Hugs can do great amounts of good especially for children.  (Princess Diana)

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Family Fun Ideas

What can families do to have fun together?

  • Board Games
  • Movie Night 
  • Art and Craft Projects 
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Local Museums 
  • Miniature Golf
  • Play Frisbee 
  • Have a Picnic 
  • Laser Tag
  • Geocaching 
  • Fly Kites 
  • Balloon Volleyball 
  • Go to a Park 
  • Community Concert 
  • Attend a Play 
  • Bike Riding 
  • Go to the Local Library 
  • Puzzles 
  • Bird Watching 
  • Dance Party 
  • Bowling 

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Stealing From Construction Sites

About 20 years ago, I was standing around after church and talking to a couple of older ladies.  The conversation went kind of like this:

Older Lady Number 1:  I watched a news special last night about people stealing from construction sites.

Older Lady Number 2:  That’s horrible.

Me:  My great aunt does that.

Older Lady Number 1:  What, the news?

Me:  No, steals from construction sites.

Me:  She was arrested a few weeks ago for stealing a toilet, so she could remodel her bathroom.  She’s already on parole, but because of her age, they probably will not send her to prison.

Old Lady Number 1 and Number 2, just stare at me with a blank look in their eyes and are completely speechless.

That was the end of our conversation.

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