Last night Phil and I met about internet stuff for a while and after were able to catch another Leeland show at the Mercy Lounge. And once again they blew the place up. Up until this week I hadn’t seen them live at all and over the past few days I have not only seen them play, but gotten to hang out quite a bit with the guys, and it’s been cool to get to know them and their family. Last night I was introduced to Leeland and Jack’s parents right before they went on to play. In the short time that I talked to them, they were exactly what you would expect them to be like. Because my memory is garbage their names escape me, but they were absolutely some of the nicest people I have met all week.
What was really neat to see was during the show both of them stood side stage and watched intently on every word and every note that their sons were singing and playing. I noticed their mom, with her hands in the air worshiping, and occasionally wiping tears away while Leeland spoke between songs. It was a neat moment, and no wonder they are such neat guys. It’s obvious that they would be proud, but it was a cool thing to see.
After the show we hung out a bit more and at that point I was re-introduced to Leeland and Jack’s mom as “the blog guy”. She mentioned that they had been talking about me for a couple days and then called me a geek. ”I never would have thought by looking at you that you were a geek, but you are.” she told me. How do you respond to that? ”I guess I am a little”, I said. Then she said she liked my hair. I said I liked hers and realized that I was probably too tired to be talking out loud.
Anyway, we had a great time. Got home later than I intended again and now I’ve got one more day. After that I will try to reintroduce myself to my wife, and get back to normal. Whatever that is.
*It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means. It’s time to dig deep into our hearts and actually say something nice about someone. It’s been great to see all the folks that have participated in this here “Positive Post Tuesday”, and I can’t help but think that it’s bringing people a little closer together every week. That’s the goal anyway.
This week I decided to write about my parents. I put my parents through a lot when I was growing up. There was never a time when I was “pushing the envelope”, as they say, figuring out new ways to cause trouble while yet still avoiding trouble. I went to a pretty conservative Christian High School and typically found myself on the “less of a model student” side of things. Randy and I found ourselves in different types of trouble nearly every day. I know for a fact they went to bat for me more times than I could count, even when the principal told them he was counting the days until I graduated.
But aside from bailing me out of situations I found myself in, my parents always seemed to support whatever decision that I made. If it was something I truly believed in or at the very least didn’t harm anyone, they got behind me and supported me. Even now as an adult, it seems like every decision that I am passionate about (even if it’s moving their grandkids across the country) they get behind.
Growing up I know there were times where my parents chose my comfort over theirs and made decisions based on something that in the end would benefit me. Things like the high price of that conservative Christian high school, was a sacrifice that they made because they felt like it was best for me. And for as much trouble I got in there, it was probably the best decision to keep me out of a normal high school.
All this to say that I think my parents are pretty cool cats, and I’m glad they still manage to put up with the weird things I decide to do. I know that my mom will pass this post around to everyone she knows because she thinks I don’t have nice things to say about them, but in the end I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be who I am today without the love and support of my parents.
Now it’s your turn. Remember how this works? I know there are a bunch of people that read this blog that haven’t participated in “Positive Post Tuesday” and if you haven’t you should. No seriously. It’s cool to see how just thinking and vocalizing (even though you are typing it) something positive about someone can brighten your day and theirs. There’s no reason anyone reading this can’t come up with something nice to say about someone, so let’s see what you’ve got. Remember the rules? (1) Write a post saying something nice about someone. (2) Copy that posts URL address and paste it in this box. (3) Read some other “Positive Posts” and have a great Tuesday. Ready? Go.
*No that is not a picture of my parents, but I plan on getting my dad a kilt like that some day.