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The Fall Guy

I’ve recently learned how I’m the fall guy, the person that’s going to be cut due to circumstances beyond my control. It came without warning, just a short meeting to say how everyone is there to support me; however, in 30 days if the situation has turned around then I’ll be out the door.

The meeting wasn’t what I expected. I truly believed we were going to sit down, put our heads together to work through a plan to change what needs to change. Obviously that’s not what took place.

So now what, I say? I’m not a quitter, never have been, but reading between the lines I can see that without warning the wagons have circled and I’m without protection. Shame on me for going through life with blinders on.

I’ve been praying for guidance, for protection… especially for my family. Even though I started submitting applications for employment right away, it takes time to catch the eye of a potential new employer. With the loss of my income things will not go well.

Patiently I wait for God to give guidance in hopes for my family.

John 16:33: I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you’ll have trouble, but be courageous—I’ve overcome the world!


Where does the time go? The days fly by without a word, just always a promise of a new beginning every morning.

We’re almost ready to begin another new month which means another school year approaching. The past school year began with a flurry of activity as my children were busy, on the go with all of their in-school, church and community events, but somehow we’ve almost completed the circle and are gearing up again to start another.

This school year will be different, a change in our activities as my oldest leaves for college in two weeks meaning no more show choir, concert choir, orchestra, cross country, track, boys basketball, community players, serving as a youth leader in church and so on… however, he has such an exciting future ahead of him and opportunities to be involved with his new school!

Then there are the younger two, that will keep us on the go. As we move away from the boys side of high school athletics we now test the waters for girls high school athletics. Oh my, this will be interesting as I’ve already been told by several parents how this year’s softball team will play out. These parents aren’t a coach, but for whatever reason they’re in the know or consider themselves the bearer of how it will be.

Luckily this isn’t my first rodeo, and a person is much better to just listen and nod like you’re paying attention. Oh my, like this will be a life or death situation for my child. No, it’s not, it’s like anything else in life… you learn from the experience and move on.

We’ve been through the parent drama for so many years.. too many to count. Watching other parents jockey for their child’s position, their child’s right to be ahead of another child many times before. It seems to start as soon as they’re born. So many parents waste a considerable amount of time and energy on making sure that their child will be number one without thought of what their actions are really doing.

My oldest dealt with this so many times since grade school. We were always there for support and it didn’t take long for him to learn to just enjoy being a part of the group, and he did. He excelled in so many things, and finds himself a better person as he worked for his honors and accolades.

Even though the days fly by faster than I realize, I truly enjoy watching my children grow and learn as they find their way.

Ecclesiastes 3:1: There is a time for everything, and a season for every\activity under the heavens.