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my jaw was in pain, and my body was stressed and exhausted. The next day when I heard the early morning move - ments of the troops , I pulled the

ers over my head and

tended not

hear. Funny, how ice cold fingers grabbing ones toes can really get your attention.

sick and hear the words, “Cereal dad.” The first thing to do is ring for the nanny. What? You don’t have one either.

If a parent should get

pre- to


It Will Be Ok University in Stanford, California!! work,

Upbeat Times at Stanford by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~

nce, after some dental

“Can you get it your- self?” I asked. But the three year old cut right to the quick. “Daddy help.”

My jaw was ach- ing, my body was depleted and now my feet we re freezing. My wife was sym- pathetic but it was a

day work-

older daughter is very considerate and helpful but she too was rushing toward her school de- parture. After they left, there we were, baby and me. She smiling and as happy as happy can be and me dying from pain. I’m stumbling

her. My

along clanging dishes, opening the cereal box, getting the little one up on her booster seat. I glance up, there is

a mirror on the wall re- flecting my face, swol- len jaw, bloodshot eyes, hair a mess. And I start wondering how will I make it through the day?

I sit next to my daughter my hand on the table. She reaches over places her hand on mine and says, “It’ll be okay daddy.”

for She made it okay.

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.

Working at Stanford sports events has been my retirement job since 2006! It keeps me HAPPY & YOUNG just like the Upbeat Times! STANFORD HAPPY !

~ Barbara Thurston of Sonoma County.

ambitions. Small people always do that, but they really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain Pg 8 • SEPTEMBER 2019 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Confucius

Keep away from people who try to belittle your


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