Opening and Closing the Pool

It’s hard to believe that summer is finished and now we have to close down the pool again—it makes me really sad for some reason. Probably because we didn’t really use the pool this year due to the mild weather we had.

This morning, I looked over at my neighbor’s yard and saw that he had closed his pool already. This is not a big surprise because in our neighborhood, he’s always the first to open his pool and the first to close his pool; but what was shocking is that the people behind us also closed their pool. Oh oh—we’re late this year.

As we drove to the store today I noticed that somebody’s pool was still open. “Oh good,” I thought, “We’re not the only one with our pool still open. It’s not that bad!”

It’s funny that there is a lot of pressure to maintain certain standards in the community—when to close the pool, when to cut the lawn, when to pull weeds, etc. In a way, it’s like peer pressure, but a good kind of peer pressure—the kind that forces you to do positive things.

It made me realize that when we are falling “below standards,” we tend to look for others who are “in the same boat” just so we don’t feel so bad about ourselves.

Galatians 6:4 says, “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else” (NLT).

I think it’s great that my two neighbors are opening and closing their pool by a certain date—they are good examples for me to follow.

Now, I need to make sure that I am opening and closing my own pool, and I shouldn’t look for people who aren’t opening or closing their pool just to relieve the guilt I feel because I haven’t opened or closed my pool.

I think the same principle applies to our Christian walk…

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

My husband, the father

My husband and I became parents for the first time on August 18, 1985. Our first child only weighed 5 pounds and 12 ounces because he was born nearly five weeks early. I remember feeling the first pangs of contractions as we entertained my husband’s friends from Miami, but he kept assuring me that the pain was only “Braxton Hicks.”

Throughout the night, as the pain intensified, I kept telling myself that they were only “Braxton Hicks.” Finally, after a fierce contraction that left me lying on the floor in a fetal position, I woke up my husband and said that I needed to go to the hospital. He called his mother instead. After 20 minutes or so, she showed up, touched my belly, and said, “She’s in labor,” so we drove to the hospital. After four more hours of labor, our son was born.

My husband was overjoyed. He literally ran up and down the hospital corridors to tell people that his baby was born. The nurses had never seen anything like it, and rather than take the traditional Polaroid picture of mother and baby, they took one of father and son. The nurses told me that they had never encountered a father so happy about the birth of his baby before and that’s why they took a picture of him.

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My husband was thrilled with the birth of each of our four children, and he has been a good father to them. Thank you for setting a good example for our three sons to follow— I hope they will be good fathers to their children as you have been to them.

Psalm 103:13, “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Proverbs 20:7, “The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.”

Happy Father’s Day!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti