Upbeat Family, Life & Living

Daddy, can you see? I

was on the floor, the

I wasn’t really wa t c h - ing.

second daugh - ter comes over with this little chair she has. She sits down with her ba c

close to my face. Then she says, “Can you see daddy?” I said, “Yes.” So, she gets up and

k My on but television was

by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~ moves

“Now can you see?” I said, “Yes.” She gets up and moves a g a i n. “ No w can you see?” It’s okay to be a slow learner, as a parent, as long as you

over a little.

Jokes & Humor # 2

with more than two kids in their family can tell you the second child is much different than the first. Usually, the first is more reserved, respon- sible, structured while the second is more out- going, carefree, a bit wild. Our first child refused to let us come watch her play on sports teams. Our second child insisted I coach.

do learn. I said, “No, I can’t see.” Satisfied, she didn’t move again. Anyone who grew up


Many times I’ve heard parents say, “If I had the second child first, I’d of never had a sec- ond one.” Of course, if they had the second one first, it wouldn’t be act- ing like a second child but a first.

Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, poems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.


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There are these 3 strings. They walk into a bar. People are giving them looks. The small chap is your typical thin cord. He walks to the barman and asks for a rum and coke. He replies, “Your kind ain’t welcomed here, so take your drink, mates and take off.” He goes back to his mates and says, “We’d better get outta here.” “Nonsense.” replies the mid guy, he’s your typical string. Goes to the barman, and same story. Finally the last guy, He’s your typical rope. He burst out, “Forget this!”. He twists and ties himself whilst messing up his hair. He struts up to the barman and asks for a specific drink. The barman does so and while he prepares the drink he opens with,

“Say aren’t you a string?” “No!", says the rope, "I’m a frayed knot.”

Today I choose life.

Every morning when I wake up I can

choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being

able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I

choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity

but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin

Life is a blur when one is essaying different roles; it is so fulfilling. ~ Amitabh Bachchan


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