Category Archives: Family

A Class Act

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I only need four to describe what I see in the picture Fred Hoiberg tweeted out after the Iowa State Cyclones, the team he coaches, won the 2014 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The four words that come to mind?  Class Act & Family Man.

 

The words he used to describe the picture, “My favorite starting 5!”

I think it’s awesome to see him celebrating with his family.  It speaks volumes about his character.  So many times society’s emphasis is on sports but here is a man who clearly has his priorities straight.

Thanks for the great season, Coach!  Good luck in the tournament!

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Remembering Lucile

It’s St. Patrick’s Day.  While the rest of the world thinks about green beer, corned beef, and leprechauns I’m spending a little bit of my day remembering Lucile.

Lucile wasn’t a blood relative but she was family.  She was like a great grandmother to my kids.  She loved the color green and all things Irish more than anyone I’ve ever known.  Her quick wit and smile were infectious.

Last St. Patrick’s Day was the first since her passing.  My wife brought home a shamrock plant for a table centerpiece so we could remember Lucile.  In it we found one with 4 leaves.  We all couldn’t help but think that Lucile had a hand in it.

4 leaf clover

Lucile loved music and was an excellent piano player.  The thing I’ll always remember about her funeral was the music that was played as they wheeled her casket away.  The local band director played an incredible version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the trumpet.  It was perfect and would have made her smile.

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A Random Act Of Kindness

This week I was the recipient of a random act of kindness.  I wasn’t feeling well so I stayed home from work.  That right there should tell you how sick I was.  In my nearly 21 year adult work history I’ve probably taken less than 10 sick days.

I got an appointment with a doctor I’d never seen before.  I didn’t care.  I just wanted to feel better.  She was a very nice doctor.  She took her time and didn’t make me feel rushed like she just wanted to get to the next patient.

Throughout the exam she made small talk about family and kids. Somehow it came up that we were thinking about taking a quick day trip to the Mall of America.  She said her family had recently been there and had a blast.  The exam was over and she said a nurse would be back to give me a work release and a prescription.

A minute later the doctor came back and handed me a ticket for the rides at the Mall of America.  She said there was about $15 credit on it and her family wouldn’t be going back before it expired so she wanted my girls to use it.

How cool is that?  What a nice gesture!  Even though I was running a fever that random act of kindness made me feel a little bit better.

This experience has got me thinking about what I have that I’ll never use that I could give to someone else.

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness?  Ever taken part in one yourself?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to hear about it.

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