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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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