everyone. Thanks all for reading the McCarty Metro
this month. We will be back again in October for our
Halloween edition, with a special pumpkin carving
challenge. Halloween??? What happened to this summer. It
seemed to just fly by so fast...
were some great trips that took place over the
summer. Larry, Gina, Robert, and Kim went to
Italy. Our family had a mini Rzepka family
reunion road trip to Massachusetts. Austin and
Bonnie went to Germany, and Mike and Karen had a
weekend road trip to visit with old friends in
Columbus.... And speaking of trips, Margaret is
currently in Oregon for a couple weeks to visit
the kids and grandkids, and when back, we are
looking forward to our final trip of the summer
to Mackinaw for a few days in September.
in the Metro also means the return of the McCarty
Metro NFL Pigskin Pickem Tournament.
Make sure you try to stop by weekly to the Metro
and make your picks. It is a fun season, and the
playoffs and Super Bowl are a blast.
also marks Margaret's and my 33rd wedding anniversary.
Although this year we will be celebrating the actual day
apart, I feel very fortunate in the love we have for each
other, and in the life we have built together. Our love
and our family keeps growing every year.
family, I realize that much of what I learned in my life,
being a husband, a father, a brother, a friend, and a good
Christian, I learned from my parents. Neither mom or dad
sat down with me and told me what to do in every
situation, I just learned from them on how they handled
adversity and how they carried themselves on a daily basis
through all situations. This month's final thought I
leave you with is a little story from a son who also took
those lessons and practiced them one special evening.
A son took his old father to a
fancy restaurant for a special birthday dinner. The
father being very old and weak, while eating, dropped food on his shirt and trousers. Other diners watched him in disgust while his son
remained calm, and not wanting to embarrass his son during their evening out, the father
pretended not to notice the other diners staring at him.
After he finished eating, his son who was not at all embarrassed, quietly took him to the washroom, wiped the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his spectacles
firmly, and then flashed a genuine smile and said: “Thank you so much for joining me tonight, Dad. I love you.”
When they came out, the entire restaurant was watching them
and the diners were murmuring, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that. The son settled the bill and started walking out with his father.
At that time, an old man amongst the diners called out to the son
as the restaurant became silent and asked him, “Don’t you think you have left something behind?”.
The son replied, “No sir, I
don't think so”.
The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You left a
valuable lesson for every son and a little glimmer of hope for every father in this room!”
restaurant remained silent - only this time, the
other diners were the ones embarrassed.
Here's to being a great son or daughter, and to the loving parents that shaped
you that way. Cheers!