Wrestling a sub-prime mortgage at the start of the Great Recession in the Fall of 2008, a job to fix a toilet provides the opportunity to renovate a life. The loss of parents and two homes, a marriage ending and a business closure create the perfect storm of crisis for the author, forcing a review of his past to find solutions to live a more authentic future.
A men’s retreat begins a writing process, leading to a blog about the pain caused when–distracted by the busy-ness of life–passions go dormant. Within a year, old skis dance through moguls and a dusty guitar is restrung. Teaching skiing to children, he learns more from them about laughter and love. He forms a band and sings on the stage of New York’s famous Bitter End.
On the pages in between, the book examines a childhood where the only real baggage is a fanny pack of being loved too much and suffering a father too abundant in talent to easily imitate. Captain of the football team who became a president of the world and a cheerleader for life, his parents modeled that anything is possible, but in retrospect, the author realizes that insidious expectations can lead to a lifetime of self-sabotage. In response, he redefines his relationship with his own son and begins to teach that communicating love is more important than setting a standard of excellence
The men’s version of “Eat, Pray, Love” without the romance, the exotic travel or the $100,000 budget–just “down and dirty” trying to make ends meet, find some meaning in life and change the expectations we place on our sons.
Collection of Short stories soon to be available in print
Votes we cast don’t always elect what we expected
Please enjoy this short story as a prelude to the full collection (open)