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Yeah, I Know, It’s Been Awhile

Okay, so I haven’t posted since July. I could make excuses, but instead, I’m just going to pretend it never happened and jump right into the next post…

Anyone that has ever met me knows that I habitually roll my eyes. I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s become involuntary… like hiccups. There are a couple of people that know me well enough that they even know when I’m doing it over the phone. There’s the “you’re-full-of-shit” eye roll, the “what-a-dumbass” eye roll, the “is-this-conversation-ever-going-to-end” eye roll. You get the idea. And you’ll understand why I’m telling you this in just a minute.

The summer before last a bunch of us got together and had a picnic at a local beach. There were a lot of kids there, and one of them, who was maybe 5, was skipping rocks off the shore.

Now, my Dad has mad rock-skipping skills, but I didn’t inherit that particular gene, and he didn’t inherit the patience gene, so I never really learned how to do it.

But here was this little kid skipping rocks like it was nothing.

When he finally returned to the picnic table I asked him if he thought he could teach me. With the confidence that only a five year-old possess, he said “Of course I can!”

And he did. It took about 20 minutes, and he was not above slapping the rock from my hand when I was holding it wrong, but skipping rocks is something I can now cross off my bucket list.

Fast forward to yesterday. It was homecoming week, so we attended a football game at the local HS, and who shows up but my little rock-skipping buddy. He came over to say hi and gave me a big smile, revealing a gap where his front tooth used to be. So I jokingly asked “Hey, you didn’t lose that tooth in a freak rock-skipping accident did you?”

And the little shit rolled his eyes at me. More importantly, he properly used the “what-a-dumbass” eye roll.

I’m telling you, it brought a tear to my eye; mostly because I was laughing so hard, but partly because I think I may finally have found a worthy protege.

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