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Friday, July 15, 2005

I Once Knew a Woman

I once knew a woman, shining and bright.
I once knew a woman, my heart's delight.
I once knew a woman, bold and scared.
I once knew a woman, for whom I cared.

On March 21, 1993 I met the woman who would be my life for the next ?? years. That woman is my wife and she is a bright spot in a world of gray. On that day I knew there was a God. I knew he had touched my life. My heart was so full of joy it could have burst and left me not minding in the least. I met her on the phone. My eyes had never been blessed with her beauty. My ears were filled with music. I had never heard such music...music only God could make. And my heart was full...And my will was gone...And I knew. This was a turning point in my life, perhaps the only true turning point I had ever had. It was the day God said "I am here. See what I have made. Is it not very good?" I had never known God before that day, only of Him. A journey began then or perhaps I should say a ride...a rollercoaster ride of such heights and depths as to shake my world to the core. Throughout this "ride" was one constant link to the God of life, my wife. Times were crazy, times were intense, times were filled with sorrow and loss, times were overflowing with laughter and joy and always there was this bright spot. There was this woman I knew. She is still there...for now...but how long does now ever last? She shines and she grows and her light grows ever keener. Some day I think she will just shine right out of visibility. And the world will be gray again...and God will go home.

I once knew a woman, shining and bright.
I once knew a woman, my heart's delight.
I once knew a woman, is she still there?
I once knew a woman, if so.....I care.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Home Front

Well, it has been quite a summer so far at our place. The weather has turned hot and as a result we have been out on the lake....well let's see.....not at all, but we're going to have to cut back and that's really going to hurt. Between busy schedules and mindless diversions on my part, we have not been able to take advantage of the beautiful Minnesota outdoors, but this weekend that is going to come to a screeching halt! We will be on the lake Saturday with or without a boat! How long can you tread water?!

But on a more serious note, this summer has been a regular marathon for my very ambitious and capable family. My wife posts regularly to at least two blogs even when she has to be up til 3 am to do so (like last night!). In addition, she writes articles for publication in the literary field while preparing applications to present at literary conferences around the country. So far, she has been accepted for publication and for conference presenting at a rate of nearly 100%, a virtually unheard of track record! This woman just does not quit and will certainly be the winner of a Pulitzer Prize some day on her present course.

My sons and daughter-in-law have taken on the task of rebuilding motorcycles this summer and in so doing have taken over two-thirds of the garage! There are no less that four complete motorcycles of the 550 to 750 cc variety in various stages of decomposition artfully displayed about the room. Their intention is to assemble three working bikes within the next few weeks for their father to play with at his leisure (or maybe that was for each of them to use for gas-efficient transportation?) Anyway, they are busy on this new adventure, learning new skills, expanding their horizons and working shoulder to shoulder as few people I have known can. They are a pleasure to watch and an inspiration to follow. Hats off to you, guys! Just remember, mom draws the line at snow mobiles!

Then there is my personal treasure, my daughter, who faithfully serves her country in the Army National Guard. This woman pours her life out each day in the heart of a foreign country thousands of miles from home because that's what she said she would do. It is often a confusing and heart wrenching business with life-threatening dangers and back-breaking work schedules. She is an intelligent woman who needs a world that makes sense...this one doesn't, but she does not quit. They intend to keep her in that place, where part-time state militia troops were never intended to go, for at least another 6 months. She will faithfully serve that time, putting her life on the line, because that's who she is. It doesn't get any better than this.

These are excellent people. They do excellent work. I am proud to claim them as family. If you ever need to have your faith in the decency and integrity of humanity restored, stop in for a visit. They are always gracious to strangers, but beware getting them started about their various passions....you may never get out!