Daily Grat: Conversations with my Daughter

So, last night, about 11:30, I stop by Maria’s room to see if she’s asleep. She wasn’t. She was re-reading the last pages of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” a book that she had been devouring all week.

I’m always more than pleased to see her reading instead of trying to watch TV. And, as I said, she devoured this one.

Along with book reading, another thing that she does less of these days is talk to me. It’s not that she *doesn’t* talk to me, or is avoiding me. It’s just that a lot of the topics on her mind these days appear to be more things to talk to Mom about instead. I’m sanguine about this. It think it’s likely just the way of the world.

But, last night when I stopped by, she said “Do you wanna hear about the book?

I said, “Sure,” and plopped down on the bed, and she preceded to give me a blow by blow recounting of the book…

It might have taken her 20-30 minutes. I lost track of time. A part of me thought “Jeez, it’s late.”

But another, bigger, part of me thought: How many more times in her life will she ever want to do this?

In the grand scheme of things, probably not many. I mean, we’re standing right on the cusp of those teenage years.

So, I sat there and soaked up every single word…and cherished every single minute.

I am grateful, so grateful, to get the chance to hear my daughter tell me about a book she likes.

What a blessing.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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