Girls in dresses

“Gone are the sundresses! The sundresses, Ted! I don’t think I can make it another 8 months with no sundresses.” Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

When I was in high school, my family went to church every Sunday. In those days, people still wore their “Sunday Best” to church every week. So every week I had the opportunity to see all the pretty teenage girls in their best outfits, hair perfect (in those days, usually teased up real big), make-up applied, the scent of sweet perfume floating around them. I loved the spectacle of Sunday mornings. It was something I looked forward to, maybe even more than being on a beach filled with the tanned and the bikini-clad.

Back then, I had a years-long crush on a girl in our youth group. If I happened to miss a particular Sunday due to illness, my friends would send me notes (kids, this is what we did before texting – we actually sent hand-written notes to each other and it was awesome) home with my brother letting me know which dress she was wearing. And this would invariably add to the pain of the illness, the frustration of not getting to see my friends. I could picture what she looked like and I knew what I had missed out on.

There’s just something about a girl in a dress.

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Good Friday

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When I was in high school, in the dead of another Atlanta winter (I know, I know, Atlanta winters are mild, but I had moved from South Florida when I was fifteen. Anything below 50 was frigid), I prayed it would snow so I could miss a day of school.

It didn’t happen very often.

I was always disappointed when the weatherman would call for snow at night, only to wake up in the morning and the ground was not white, just the color of sleeping grass and faded pine straw. I had to go to school. It was devastating (not really, but it felt like it).

What I realized over time was what seemed devastating in the moment actually led to something amazing. It’s called the “Snow Day.” A day in the warmth of spring which would have been a normal day of school, but because it had not snowed, it became a holiday. I didn’t have to wake up early, didn’t have to bundle up to go outside, didn’t have to worry about studying or practicing sports. It was a true day off. Better than Saturday, even, because it was unexpected and there were no other commitments.

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Back to school

Ron Gant

Me with former Atlanta Brave great and current Good Day Atlanta co-anchor, Ron Gant

“I can’t believe it…I was ON TV! Did you see me? I’m a natural!” – Mike Wazowski. Monsters, Inc.

I’m a television star.

Well, not really. Not even close.

But I did make a brief appearance on a local TV news program this morning.

You can watch it here:

I try to spend as much time at my daughter’s school as I can. I eat lunch with her every week. I volunteer at major school functions. Not because I’m a great dad, but because I really just want to be where she is. So when the opportunity arose to participate in a volunteer mentoring program, it was an easy decision for me to make.

Spend any amount of time at your kid’s school and a few things will become evident:

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