It’s A New Year!

Hello family! First of all I want to thank everyone for their concern about my absence. The outpouring of love this year continues and I am overwhelmed by the many and specific acts of kindness and thoughtful notes I have received.

I am fine.

I am better than I have been in a long while.

I took a little break to work on the book but then this happened…

This beautiful gift is the daughter of my son who we lost to suicide in July.

She arrived and everything else kind of went away for a while.

As I have said in my Rules in various ways no job or task is important enough to require you to abandon your family and the love and support of friends.

Truth be told, the book is only slightly more complete than it was. But my heart has undergone a healing miracle. I have the peace that can only come from looking into the eyes of my granddaughter (not used to that one yet) and realize I need my heart to be whole so she can break it for herself each time she leaves my arms.

She is not my son. She is who she is and who she will be.

She is all attitude and smiles like he was as a baby, but she is also herself.

But I can feel him. Wanting to hold her so I do it for him. It’s been my job for a minute-it took me a minute to overcome my fear, it went away the moment she looked at me-I could make this a full time job.

I am back though. I have a whole crop of new Rules and Notes and Random Thoughts on what you Probably Should Know.

I am starting out with a hard one for me. It makes me a bit nervous because it’s self reflective in a way I am not used to.

But that is for tomorrow. Today I am Grandpa Uncle Dale. Gruncle (Yes I know that is Gravity Falls but I’m retasking it for my own purposes).

Today is for this:

See you tomorrow.

Gruncle Dale.

Author: uncledalesrules

These blogs (I have two) began as a series of sayings I use to teach interpreting workshops, and political diatribes on Facebook. They moved from Facebook to this blog site: 1. as a way to remove them from my head (cuts down on the noise in there); and, 2. to give a better home to both my "less serious and satire laden posts" and my "more serious and satire laden posts." I guess it's up to you to decide which is which.

3 thoughts on “It’s A New Year!”

  1. Grauncle!!!
    That’s the best note from you thus far. More importantly of all…thank you for letting us being a part of you all. It means a lot to me especially.
    When I held that little girl…looking through her eyes, I see daddy telling her stories. I pray she’ll remember them all as she gets older. It’s the most beautiful time to welcome the new year. Dale, I felt my papa’s love in that room. Thanks. I truly needed that. 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

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  2. Gruncle Dale, I was not aware of your situation and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I do not know what that experience feels like, but I do know the power of prayer and you and your family are now on my list. At the same time, I rejoice with you in the birth of your granddaughter. I do know how that geeks have I have a 9 year old granddaughter that has stolen my heart. In reference to your comment about the importance of time with family and loved ones, that has been the biggest struggle for me throughout my time as an ASL Interpreting student. The time invested never seems enough, yet the time away from family seems too much. Your blogs are a light in this trial and I am so grateful to you for that. Warmest regards and thanks.


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