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I am a recently divorced dad with a fourteen-year-old son. As with most dads in my position, I don’t see my son as often as I’d like to. My father died when I was young and I have few memories of him. As a result, my relationship with my son is the most important thing to me; however, with teenagers being what they are, I don’t always know what’s going on inside my son’s head.

When Alex was about five years old, we lived briefly in California. His mother was in the Air Force, and this was her first assignment. I worked a couple of part-time jobs and, as a result, had some time off during the week. I often took him to a park we dubbed the “Dragon Park” because there was a concrete dragon character at the entrance.


In addition to the dragon (which all the kids played on), the park had a vast playground area with lots of playground equipment to climb on, through, around, and more. Alex always looked forward to going to the park and hated when it was time to leave.

These days, I see my son twice during the week and then on the weekend. One weekend, he told me about a project he had in his English class. He was to write about a place or time in his life that was important to him and how he felt about it. The feeling could be positive or negative.

“So what did you decide to write about?” I asked.

“I wanted to write about the Dragon Park, Dad,” was his reply.

I had thought he would’ve chosen someplace that we had traveled to, like Japan or Hawaii, and asked him why he chose the Dragon Park.

“These were the times when I felt the closest to you,” he answered. It was all I could do to hold back the tears until after I got back to my apartment.

When I got home, I went through the boxes of photos that I had taken of him over the years. I came across one of him with a big smile on his face sitting on that dragon. I took it to a photo shop, had it enlarged, and bought a frame for it.

That following Thursday, I went to see him. As he opened the door, I handed him a wrapped package.

“What’s this?” he asked.

“Go ahead and open it,” I said.

He ripped off the paper and held the framed picture in his hand. He looked up at me without saying anything.

“Those were some of my favorite times together, too, son.” At that point, he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a big bear hug.

With everything involved with being an adolescent, going to Dragon Park with me was the memory he drew upon for his assignment. I used to worry about what memories he’d have of me after I’m gone, but not any more.


(c) 2007 from Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul

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Church Football

Benchwarmer - Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.

Quarterback Sneak - Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.

Draw Play - What many children do with the bulletin during worship.

Halftime - The period between Sunday 5chool and worship when many choose to leave

Backfield-in-Motion - Making a trip to the back (restroom or water fountain) repeatedly during the service.

Staying in the Pocket - What happens to a lot of money that should be given to the Lord’s work.

Instant Replay - The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week’s illustrations.

Trap - You’re called on to pray and are asleep.

End Run - Getting out of church quick, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.

Flex Defense - The ability to allow absolutely nothing said during the sermon to affect your life.

Blitz - The rush for the restaurants following the closing prayer.

Two-minute Warning - The point at which you realize the sermon is almost over and begin to gather up your children and belongings.

Halfback Option - The decision of 75% of the congregation not to return for the evening service.

Sudden Death - What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes "overtime".

Barbecued Hot Dogs

3/4 C. chopped onion
3 T. butter
1-1/2 C. chopped celery
1-1/2 C. ketchup
3/4 C. water
1/3 C. lemon juice
3 T. brown sugar
3 T. vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. yellow mustard
2 packages Hot Dogs
16 hot dog buns, split

In a saucepan over medium heat, saute onion in butter until tender. Add celery, ketchup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cut three 1/4 inch deep slits on each side of hot dogs; place in a 2-1/2 quart baking dish. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs. Cover and bake at 350°F. for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.

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