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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Friday, April 17, 2009
Hi Dad.
I saw you going to your car today. I think you had something important to do.
And you waved at me. But I had this ball and I really wanted to play. But you said you couldn’t right then.

Remember last week? You stopped. You actually stopped what you were doing and you threw the ball with me. It must have been…I don’t know, maybe ten minutes.
That was the best.
But today, you said you had something else to do.
You siad, maybe later.

But then it got late and it was too dark.
You said you wanted to but we couldn’t. Maybe tomorrow.
And when I asked you to read to me, you were talking on your cell phone.
So I just watched TV.
I guess you have a lot of important stuff to do, a lot more important than me.

My dad is really busy, which means he’s really important, I think. He talks on the phone a lot, even when he comes home from work, and he has this briefcase full of papers and stuff, and his Blackberry has so many numbers in it it’s like a phone book. He goes on these trips and sometimes brings me presents. One time he brought back this bear, it was so big and was almost as big as I was. But I don’t really want a bear.

Before he got this job, he used to take walks with me down by the lake and we’d skip rocks on top of the water. And then we’d go over to the little corner store and buy some Grape Nehi or get an ice cream cone. That was back when he didn’t even have a job.

But everybody’s worried about money now and I guess I can’t blame my dad for working hard. Still, I think I’d give up the flat screen TV…and even the ice cream…if we could just go back to the lake again.

2 comments:

DON JOHNSON said...

I FOUND THAT WHOLE SEGMENT OF YOUR SHOW VERY MOVING. NOT JUST WHAT YOUR CHILDREN SAID BUT YOUR FOLLOW-UP. I THINK YOU SHOULD MAKE THAT INTO A TAPE OR DISK. THE WHOLE THING AND HAVE IT AVAILABLE FOR FATHERS DAY. YOU COULD GIVE IT OUT WHEN SOMEONE GIVES YOU A DONATION TO YOUR MINISTRY. YES YOUR PROGRAM MINISTERS TO ARE SOUL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHOW.

Edward said...

Chris,
I thought about that Harry Chapin song "Cat's in the Cradle" when I read this post. I am grateful for the economic slowdown in this particular way - if I can let go of the fear of not having enough (in reality I have way more than enough things - but who knows how much time I have...), it's easier to remember that all I really have is TODAY with my little boy and family. What a gift it is to have TIME with the ones I love. I can lose all the material things, but I will never lose these precious, priceless moments. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful right NOW.