March 2014


For those of you who don’t know that’s a play on words for the popular PBS show “Call the Midwife”.  I’ve never seen it… and based on the title, I don’t think I ever will.

The topic of this post actually has nothing to do with midwives, but it is about my new baby… my car that is.  I’ve owned a Chevy truck for the past 21 years.  The one I’m currently in is 9 years-old and, while it is in good shape and has pretty low mileage, it was becoming time for a trade-in. 

I don’t know if any of you are in the market for one, but a new four wheel-drive full size truck with all the extra little goodies costs a pretty penny.  After doing some calculations (rationalizing), I found that I could keep my truck and buy a new (to me) car for about the same out of pocket expense. 

Since I still have my four-door truck and Sara has an SUV, I had the option of buying something a little less “practical”.  I test drove a nice, sort of sporty four-door sedan that was ok, but still a little too practical for my taste.  Then I test drove something else a little sportier.  Let’s just say that if you take the car’s horsepower and divide it by 150, the number you end up with is still greater than the number of doors on the car. 

I’ll give you some time to work that one out.

It’s black, it’s good-looking, and it’s fast.  Sara threw the word “midlife” around more than a few times during the buying process.  Crisis or not, this thing’s a blast to drive.

Yes, I still drop Olivia off at school every day and it is much more cumbersome for her to get out of the backseat now, but she loves it.  To her, daddy just got a lot cooler and with the tweenies on the horizon, I’ll take all the help I can get.

My oldest daughter is a tad bit on the dramatic side.  On a recent hike, she was leading the way and was completely oblivious to the fact that she had stepped over a snake.  Being the second in line, I had to point out the snake so that my wife and other daughter didn’t accidently step on it.

This was the aftermath.

Olivia and the Snake

Had I not mentioned the snake, she would have just kept hiking happily along.  Once she realized that she was in the vicinity of perceived danger; however, a meltdown ensued.  There are snakes all around us.  Whether they be disease, financial crisis, toxic relationships, or job loss; the greatest pain inflicted by these tragedies is often not the damage that they bring directly, but the loss of security and hope associated with them. 

About 20 years ago, my truck was broken into and the stereo was stolen.  I distinctly remember that what upset me the most from that experience was not the loss of my stereo.  Instead, it was the sense of being violated – of someone intentionally doing harm and taking my possessions for their own benefit.  I didn’t get hysterical and cry about it like Olivia did with the snake, but I think the emotion was similar.

Whatever fear or struggle you are currently dealing with, remember that you are the one who controls how much power that fear has over you and the biggest opponent of fear is hope.

Sara made it back safely from Nicaragua over the weekend.  Between the two of us, this makes seven trips to Nicaragua in the past four years.  They had a good trip – it was a very good group and she didn’t have to pull any all-nighters this time around. 

Her team saw over 900 patients and even had time to visit a Nicaraguan carnvial.  She respectfully delicined a ride on the Ferris wheel AKA the Wheel of Death.  I’ll post some photos once I get them downloaded off her phone.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get down there again sometime.  While it is a life-changing event, it only takes a few months back home to lose perspective.