The Best Gift I Ever Received

When I was in elementary school, I went on a field trip to see The Nutcracker.  I was mesmerized by it.  For the next couple of weeks, my mind played back scenarios from the ballet and the story continually ran through my imagination.

It was around this time, Mom took me to the local Christmas market.  I found a booth selling small wooden soldiers that reminded me of the ballet.

I told Mom I wanted some of the wooden soldiers for Christmas, but she was reluctant to buy them.  She didn’t understand why I would want nicknacks and felt it would be a waste of money.

I was relentless.  I had to have one.  Mom finally gave in and bought two of those soldiers for me.

I cherished those soldiers.  Unfortunately, only one of the solders has survived all these years.  It is the only toy from my childhood that I still own and I keep it in a glass display case.

It may sound strange, but this small wooden soldier is the best gift I ever received.

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Play More

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults.  There are a lot of benefits to playing.

Here are a few examples:

It’s fun.
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.

There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Remember to spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.

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Tailbone Injury and Family Lessons

Yesterday, I fell backwards in the garage and landed on my tailbone.  When I hit the concrete floor the pain was so excruciating I felt like I was about to vomit and pee my pants at the same time.

My mom was on the other side of the garage.  She knew I fell, but didn’t see the landing.  She was calling to me and worried I hit my head.

I didn’t answer right away, because I was so concerned about accidentally going to the bathroom in my pants.  I was struggling to get off the floor as quickly as possible.  However, the pain was so bad it was a difficult task and I was moaning the entire time.

I finally managed to stand up and told my mom I was fine.  I didn’t hit my head, so we got into the Jeep.  We had tickets to see the Footloose musical at the Von Braun Civic Center.  We both were looking forward to it, so I tried to continue on with the day.

However, the pain in my buttocks and lower back continued to increase and I was struggling.  We ended up going to the Madison Hospital ER.  I told Mom she didn’t have to stay and if she wanted she could go see the musical without me.  There wasn’t anything she could do at the ER, but she decided to stay with me.

They took x-rays of my lower back and the doctor examined me.  Luckily, nothing is broken.  The doctor said I have contusions on my coccyx.  Basically, I bruised my tailbone and I should be better in about a week.

Yesterday, I planed to do something nice for my mom.  I bought the tickets for the musical and we planned to spend the day having fun.  The day didn’t go as planned.  My mom ended up doing something nice for me.  She spent the day at the ER and went to the pharmacy to get my medication.  I guess that’s what family is all about.

 

Worse Picnic Ever

Last summer, my family went to Lanier Lake for a picnic.  The weather was nice.  We ate hotdogs and played catch.  However, it was not an idyllic summer picnic.

I managed to jam a finger.  My finger swelled and I could not bend it.  It also hurt like the dickens.

Later on, I was trying to eat my hotdog with a swollen finger and sitting by the lake.  All of a sudden, a bird flying overhead decided to poop.  I ended up with bird poop all over my lap.  Talk about disgusting.

It was the worse picnic of my life.  However, the food was good and we had something to laugh about for several weeks.

It was the worse picnic of my life, but it was also a great picnic.