From Anvil’s Lips to God’s Ears

Your diarist should apologize in advance for the mild swear on this family-friendly website. So, sorry folks, but it’s unlikely anybody has ever come up with better words to sum up the day just past than Lips in Anvil: The Story of Anvil. He said “Family is important shit, man.”

Indeed it is. We sacrifice countless hours of our lives and money and God only knows what else to help our own out and to be with them — often for very short periods of time. We move to new places, take different jobs, burn scarce vacation time, put thousands of miles on our cars, brave airport security, and place ourselves in uncomfortable circumstances. We do all of this just to get back to what we knew first — and know best.

Please trust that I am not being melodramatic when I say that I traveled to the very center of my own personal hell today. I did so, with fear and trepidation, to be with my family. And yet, with them there by my side — catching up and cracking jokes and throwing the football around –, it wasn’t so bad at all.


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