I've heard this saying before and chuckled at the exasperation of why people say it! Never in mind did I ever think I'd feel this magnitude of exasperation till this past week. One morning while working away from the family I got a frantic phone call saying "come quick". I got there as soon as I could, and there in still quit of the early morning parking lot was my family watching a bewildered creature aimlessly walking in circles and running into everything in it's path. A young teenage skunk had its head stuck inside and empty yogurt container. For fear of being killed my wife and kids asked "please dad", can you remove it from this poor animals head so it can go home to it's family.

I was meet with utter disgust when I suggested we call someone else like the human society, "But, it'll be killed" was their response. Not wanting to be portrayed as a coward at all upcoming family gathering, I mustered up some courage and gave in. After watching my wife make one feeble attempt with an object that would keep her out of harms way. I gathered up the nerve to grab it with my hand and pull. The fear of being sprayed was evident when the skunk flipped its body, tail up and everyone ran! This wasn't going to be an easy task! I was having a hard enough time accepting this fact I untrustingly reached out as far as I could, crouching back as I pulled in case of the inevitable. SUCCESS, whew! It didn't spray me but shook it's head and widen its eyes as it focused on what just happened. It bolted when our eyes meet and the fear in my eyes alone must have scared it off. Once again I was a "Hero" to my kids and a bookmark in the terms of noble effort in the book of humanity. Father's, Mothers alike do many various and wondrous things to sustain such innocence in children that is wondrous or stupid even at times. But the feeling of accomplishment is unmeasured and to this we should always strive when teaching our young ones that exasperation is but a short felt moment when the reward and outcome is greater and more rewarding. So for

"the love of Pete" have a great week!


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