Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16th, 2017 He Was Mesmerized

July 16th, 2017 He Was Mesmerized

He didn't know what to expect. The curtain opened on the historic Poncan Theatre stage and the Lion King production came to life before his big wide blue eyes. "What? Oh my gosh, wow!," he exclaimed as he climbed onto my lap for a better view. He was mesmerized--fully engaged. When Mufasa was killed by the stampeding wildebeests, he was sad, when it was hakuna matata time, he was happy and excited. Noah loved Lion King Jr. and it was an absolute pleasure to witness him enjoy it as much as he did.

I picked him up this afternoon for a Noah day. His mom (my youngest) is grieving the loss of Billie pretty hard, so it was good to get him and give Courtney some time and space. Noah, while trying to comfort his momma, was reminding her of everyone who loves cute... "Po Po (that's me) loves you, Nana loves you, Da da loves you, Auntie loves you..."  and on and on. He doesn't understand what's happened, all he knows is his mom is very sad right now.

We dined at Po Po's favorite Mexican restaurant after the play. It was a good meal and a good time with the little guy.

These are the moments, so important--the time with mom the other day, today with Noah--these experiences may not have ever happened without my weight loss. And if I were still a 500-pound man, I couldn't physically do it like I did it this weekend. I'm so grateful for a plan that keeps me well. It's a recovery plan I hold tightly with the highest reverence. It's never perfect, believe me, but it, by the grace of God, works for me right now, today.

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with great support.

Noah's in bed--hopefully going to sleep. I have a really good friend here helping me with him. Believe me--I don't do it alone, for sure!

Noah let me wear his lion ears. He's the best.

If you read last night's edition, you know about Billie, my ex-wife's little sister who passed away Saturday morning. She was in her late 30's with two little girls and a husband. I spoke with Scott, her husband, today and was pleased to know his sister was setting up a GoFundMe to help pay for Billie's final expenses. Pre-planning for things like that is rarely something thought about in our 30's. I know Scott, and he's one of the hardest working people I know--and he's doing everything he can. This GoFundMe account will help close the final expenses gap for this tragic and unexpected loss. No gift is too small. If you can, I know it would be appreciated.

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1 comment:

  1. Theater is a wonderful thing to start with kids. So glad you saw that show. I did not know they had a shorter version touring for kids, really great idea.

    I have seen the full version twice and it is wonderful.

    Theater seat trick for kids. We fold three thick bath towels and put them in a pillow case. No matter the narrowness of the seat, they fit, extremely comfortable, easy to carry.


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