My lovely wife did me the favor of collecting the yearly documents necessary to present to our tax person. Our new tax person, because our old tax person retired after thirty years. This has been a troubling time. For years our old tax person knew that the season was ending because I would show up at the last minute with a pile of unorganized documents. It would be only me because Sherry had done her part by finding most of the documents. It was my part to sit in the office and be embarrassed.
Now I have to train an entirely new person. This does not bode well.
The good news is that Sherry found something interesting in her search. Looking for taxes she found a collection of notecards. Back when I was mid heart surgery everyone thought that it would be nice to write down the “one thing” that I might have taught them. Or maybe two things.
This was just in case that I would not be coming home. Apparently I read them in the hospital, and enjoyed them very much. Also apparently they could have read me the phone book, and I would have enjoyed that as well. Hospital medication is amazing. I have no memory of that time or the things that were read to me.
So Sherry presents this little gift from my family, and I like it so much that I’m concerned that it might get lost in the future, so why not freeze the moment in time and make it a blog post…
John’s One Things from Heart Summer
One thing I’ve learned from my dad is Navajo bread is a family tradition, but now I have to learn how to make it. -Amy
One thing I love about Papa is his incredible gift of story telling- Laura
One thing I’ve learned is that a good, caring, wise and honest man can be a lifeline and father to the fatherless- that’s you!- Sherry
One thing I learned is to be careful around Jack Tone Road- Jenna
One thing Poppa taught me was about (the guy outside) John Muir. And he has swords, and watches.- Isaiah
One thing Papa taught me is that you should never be afraid to follow God’s direction. – Stu
One thing I’ve learned from dad is to always be creative when cooking meals. – Amy
One thing I love about Papa is his deep love and care for his family. – Jenna
One thing I learned is to remember. Remember your past, remember who you are as a person, as a community, as a people. Remember God’s good works in your life.- Jenna
One thing I learned was to treasure the written word. It is a balm, a friend, an outlet. Journal everyday, and change your life. I love reading your writing, and I love that you taught us to write.- Jenna
One thing I learned from Dad was you learn more from your failures than success.- Amy
One thing Dad taught me was that we have special powers to see through people (walls). – Amy
One thing I learned from Papa is how to always look at all sides of a situation.- Laura
One thing I learned from Dad was how to line up facial features when drawing the human face.- Amy
One thing I learned is to be a person of integrity. Let yes be yes and no be no. Be honest. Thank you for always being honest and open with me and everyone. Thank you for sharing who you ar and letting me be who I am.- Jenna
One thing I learned from you is that a huge heart coupled with humility = a person of integrity.- Nikki
One thing my Dad taught me is that Nikki+Wine= No Good. And Dad will always be there to keep me safe.- Nikki
One thing I’ve learned is the nobility of the centurion.- Sherry
One thing I’ve learned to appreciate the generations who came before us and to honor their legacy.- Sherry
One thing I’ve learned is how to put together a beautiful and meaningful blog.- Sherry
One thing I’ve learned from Papa is that history, literature, and art are incredibly important. -Laura
One thing Papa taught me is that you can never have too many knives, especially if you are going to the happiest place on earth.- Stu
One thing I love about you is that after 6+ years, you are still telling me interesting stories.- Travis
One thing I learned from you is to always pay attention to rooftops. Remember to look up was very handy in Italy.- Travis
One thing I admire about you is your artistic eye & ear, you have excellent taste in music & your talent for creative expression is inspiring.- Zach
One thing I’ve learned from you is to think deeply about faith & to not just take someone else’s word about God and his Word.- Zach
I like playing with Papa’s watch.- Abby
One thing I’ll never forget about you is how you worshipped & prayed at Promise Keepers ‘96. Love you Poppa.- Zach
Four things, that I appreciate is that you, Dad, is that you are loyal, brave, creative, and compassionate.- Nikki
Good grief! I will try for the rest of my life to live up to what I have told each of you. Well, most of them anyway. Forget some of them, I was wrong, you pick and choose.