A “Sick” Dad

March 29, 2011

Last week Dave was asked to do a presentation for Lucy’s 6th grade English class. They’ve devoted the entire month of March to learning about “healthy living,” and Lucy’s wonderful, energetic teacher asked Dave to talk about living simply. Other parents have come in throughout the month to speak about their various vocations like dentistry, massage therapy, and financial management.

Most people remember middle school as a painfully awkward time, and Dave felt the burden of speaking to Lucy and her classmates in a fashion that would not embarrass her or shipwreck her social life forever. In fact, I think he was more nervous about this particular talk than any of the presentations he done for crowds of over 100 adults. He practiced, he fretted, he created a power point.

Lucy seemed pretty confident in Dave’s ability. She’s proud of her dad. In fact, she compared him to a previous guest speaker who she said “was kind of dorky, not cool like Daddy.” (How cute is that?)

Dave did fine. Lucy informed him when she got home from school that everyone in her English class told her that they really liked her dads’ presentation. In fact, I think he may have received the highest compliment of his career to date. A boy with whom she also has math class during the last period of the school day made a special point of pulling her aside and saying, “Your dad is sick.”

Translation for those of us that are no longer cool and young: really neat and impressive.

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3 Responses to “A “Sick” Dad”

  1. mel said

    Love it!

    Re: my ‘stuff’…its definitely helped to have the 100 thing challenge in mind…if I don’t get a trailer, I will probably have less than 100 whether I wanted to or not 🙂

  2. DeMo said

    Cute story.

    Random note, I came across your comment in the Rabbit Room about the woman who made beautiful quilts so that her heart wouldn’t break. Where did you read that? I think it’s sadly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Leanne said

      Hi DeMo, thanks for your comment. I’m reading an anthology called _The Christian Imagination_, edited by Leland Ryken (a prof I had at Wheaton College). That bit about the prairie woman really caught my attention too and I agree: “sadly beautiful.” That’s well put. It was in an essay by Luci Shaw called “Beauty and the Creative Impulse.” She doesn’t identify the original source but includes a poem she wrote, “The Quilt-Maker.” She goes on to say, “Sometimes beauty becomes almost a matter of survival. Without it, a part of us shrivels and dies.” This whole book is quite good, filled with great essays about reading and writing.

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