Lately

by Byron on December 3, 2020

Decker has said two really funny things in the past week that I wanted to memorialize.

1.) When we were at the beach for covid/quarantine Thanksgiving, Gibson, upstairs, screamed for Mommy to do something for him.  Decker and I were downstairs.  I looked at Deck who said to me, “Classic Gibson.”

2.) Last night, in bed at bedtime, I asked Decker to fold his hands so we could meditate for a minute.  I closed my eyes.  I opened them to Decker clapping his hands lightly with his eyes open.  I said, “What are you doing?”  He responded, with a smile, “I’m not doing your nonsense.”

These may not seem like big things, but watching your own child who you knew when they couldn’t muster a word, be hilarious, is incredible.  A true joy.

Also, I realize I haven’t written here since July.  It’s been a crazy, crazy year.  Not a “crazy year” like people always say when they look back on a time they realize moved pretty fast and introduced a bunch of change.  Crazy like, holy-shit-we-don’t-leave-our house, when-was-the-last-time-we-actually hugged-someone, is-48-degrees-too-cold-to-eat-outside, is-school-actually-at-school-today, completely fucking crazy, crazy.

We came home from the beach at the very end of August and McDonogh was actually able to get you guys in school up until a week ago.  With masks everyday, and social distancing as much as you can socially distance lower schoolers, but still in person.  A real blessing.  2nd grade and Pre-First are both awesome so far!

Despite the chaos, Donald Trump lost the election and it appears as though he’s actually leaving without a real or credible fight.

Your baby cousin Cleo was born!  She is doing really, really well.  We’ve only gotten to see her once because of COVID.

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Hey Guys, What If…

by Byron on July 14, 2020

What if
There’s no heaven.
There’s no hell.
Your religion is just a connection with people and the stories are just that- stories.
What if
There’s nothing to save you.
If just you, those you love, those who love you.
What if
You are just an organic computer.
Your chemicals help you be happy or unhappy or harried or calm.
Your flesh is just some casing for your chemicals.
What if
The only thing you leave behind besides the nutrients is what you did for others.
How you made them feel.
What if
The whole point is there is no whole point.
There is no God, at least not how you thought of God.
There is no key to unlock that door.
What if
It doesn’t matter.
It’s enough.
You’re enough.
What if
Everything above was true, and there was still so much love.
What if
You had been dropped into an ocean of love.
You were swimming in it everyday.  Everywhere.
What if
Your only job was not to forget the love.
Help others see the love, feel the love.
Return the love.

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