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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 2024 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 fun to get together and especially spending time in Old Vegas. We donned our 70s attire, and my boys all dressed up too. It always is an awesome experience spending this time together with all the guys!

I am looking forward to this year, starting with our annual Florida trip with my brothers. Margaret, Laura, Chris, Amanda and the grandkids have a Yellowstone adventure coming up. Our annual cross-country road trip to Oregon. The McCarty Olympics, and lots of other things. Should be a great year ahead.

February 7th is the annual UHY Cares, Dan McCarty Texas Hold'em event to raise money for various local charities. I hope you can either join us in person, or make a donation to this great event. More info is available here.

I am still recovering from the infection from my second shoulder surgery. I am now off the IV infusions, and am just now on oral antibiotics. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts while this was going on. Special thanks to m'lady who took very good care of me changing all the infusions daily. I love you Margaret!

The final thought I leave you with are a few wishes for my grandchildren . Enjoy!

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My Wishes For My Grandchildren

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We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that maybe we made things worse. My brother Jerry was famous for his Jerry's World phrase "When I was a kid!", and as I grew older, I may have forgotten a lot of those times. We now have 4 beautiful grandchildren, with (at least) 1 more on the way, and for my grandchildren, I'd like better...

I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope they learn humility by being humiliated, and that they learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And, it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he/she wants to crawl under the covers with you because they're scared, I hope you let them.

I hope you don't isolate yourself playing make believe video games, rather, find a lot of friends and go outside to play ball, red rover, 4-square, dodge ball, or pickle!

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let them.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom or Dad.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy/girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee falling off a bike, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope, a joint, or something worse, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

Written with a pen. Sealed with my love. As you grow older, please know that I'm always here for you. And if I pass on, I'll always be a part of you, and I'll go to heaven and wait for you with love and open arms.

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Here's to keeping memories alive, and remembering Jerry's awesome phrase... "When I was a kid!"


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