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Hello Metro family and friends! I hope your new year is going well, and I thank you for stopping by and catching up with our family while reading the February 2023 edition of the McCarty Metro.

I had a great time in Las Vegas in January with my friends, my brothers, and my kids. It is always great to get together and especially spending time in Old Vegas. We donned our 70s attire, and my boys all dressed too. We had a great time.

I am looking forward to a Florida trip with my brothers soon. Margaret and I are also in the initial planning stages for several other trips this year. Looking forward to continue our traveling around this great country in the Chevy Trax!

February 20th would have been my mom's 96th birthday. I miss her everyday. Word on the street has it that Farmer Jack is also in heaven, so I hope she, my dad, DJ, and Jerry are enjoying their stale priced German chocolate cake and having a nice celebration on her special day together.

I am thankful for the emails and texts on my current medical condition. I appreciate all your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.

Our annual Dudley Awards will not be taking place again this year. I normally put a ballot out in February each year for readers to vote for their favorite parts of the McCarty Metro. Unfortunately that will not happen this year. The last several years, we only received a handful of votes, so I don't think many of our readers are interested. Let me know if that is not the case. Either way, I am very proud of the Metro, and thank all who contribute to it.

The final thought is a story about a parent's life. I had great role models in my mom and dad, and I know my boys and their wives are also great parents. Hopefully it didn't skip a generation, and Margaret and I were the mom and dad my kids so richly deserved. Thank you for reading...


When you first have children they talk about the challenges of parenting... the struggles of a baby waking in the night, the toddler who won’t stay in their bed, the cost of childcare, injuries from sports...

Having to take off work to pick them up from school when they don’t feel well, helping them with homework, a messy house, the never ending laundry, the cost to buy school clothes, packing their lunches...

You watch their eyes light up on Christmas morning... and try to soak in the magic of those moments. You coach them in sports, rushing to practices and ballgames... and tote them all over the area to let them play the game they love... no matter how exhausting or expensive it becomes.

Life is just so busy that you rarely even stop to think what the end of those days look like. In fact, it’s not really even something you can wrap your mind around.

You go into it thinking that 18-20 years sounds like a long time...

Then suddenly hours turn into days... days into months... and months into years.

That little person that used to crawl up next to you in bed and cuddle up to watch cartoons suddenly becomes this young adult who hugs you in the hallway as they come and go. And the chaos and laughter that used to echo throughout your home... gets filled with silence and solitude.

You’ve learned how to parent a child who needs you to care for and protect them... but have no clue how the whole “letting go” thing is supposed to work.

So you hold on as tight as you can... wondering how time passed so quickly... feeling guilty that you missed something... Because even though you had 20 years... it just somehow doesn’t seem like it was enough.

You ask yourself so many questions...


Did you teach them the right lessons?
Did you read them enough books as a child?
Spend enough time playing with them?
How many school parties did you have to miss?
Do they really know how much you love them?
What could I have done better as a parent?


When it’s time for them to go, it all hits you like a ton of bricks. And all you can do is pray... hope... and trust that God will protect them as they start to make their way into the world alone.

Parenting is by far the most amazing experience of your life... that at times leaves you exhilarated... while others leave you heartbroken.

But one thing is certain... it’s never enough time...?

So for all the parents with young children... whose days are spent trying to figure out how to make it through the madness...

Exhausted day in and day out...


Because one day... all those crazy days full of cartoons, snuggles, sleepovers, Christmas morning magic, ballgames, practices and late night dinners... All come to an end.

And you’re left hoping that you did enough right, so that when they spread their wings...

And they’ll fly!


Here's to raising our kids with love and no regrets...

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