What a week it’s been. It’s been a roller coaster ride to say the least, but we all made it to the weekend, so I guess I can’t complain too much.
For those who just jumped on board, the week started on a really high note as I was enjoying a tremendous response to the article I posted on February 25. All told, nearly 10,000 people viewed that piece. For any writer, that’s a dream come true. Then came Monday, and the news that my daughter had lost her unborn baby. We may never know the reasons why, but the important thing is we still have one another. And we have another little angel to help us through the rough times.
Thanks so much for all of you who offered your thoughts and prayers, and for those who offered prayer in private. It means more than I could possibly say. My daughter is back home and picking up the pieces. It’ll take a while, but she’ll be okay. We all will.
And thanks to those of you who offered your opinions last weekend when I asked for feedback on my writing. I think the general consensus was that you prefer a mix of humor and inspiration, so that’s what I’ve tried to deliver this week. Every day I wonder what I’ll write about next, and every day something seems to pop into my head. If a day comes that you don’t hear from me, you’ll know the muse took a day off. Hopefully that won’t happen any time soon.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my grand plans for tackling some household projects, and I’m happy to report that I have gotten some things done. Not the things that were on my list, mind you. My wife discovered the paint section in our local hardware store, and that one moved to the top of the list. So last weekend I painted our bedroom, and this weekend I’m moving into the hallway and living room. Seems the old “honey-do” list never runs dry.
For any of you who are in the southern Ohio area, I’ll be performing at the Dayton Funny Bone next weekend (March 10-13) with headliner Greg Warren. This is my home club, and it’s always nice to be with old friends. I’ll be hosting the shows, so my time onstage will be short, but I’m sure we’ll have a good time. If you’re in the area and could use a laugh, come on out.
Thanks again to all of you for coming along, and for sharing a really emotional week with me. If you’ve found any inspiration in my posts, I hope you’ll share the link with a few friends. Remember how parties got started when you were in high school? “Psst … party at Dave’s house tonight!” Well, this is pretty much the same. And the more the merrier, so don’t be shy.
Be sure to stay tuned for information on the new Health & Humor website. If all goes well, it’ll be up and running within the next ten days, with daily features from lots of different writers on topics that will help us all find a little more humor and make the most of life.
That’s it for now. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your day. Have a fantastic weekend!
Hi Dave, sad to read about your daughter. I am sure the Almighty will bless her again. God’s mercy and grace is endless and will soon manifest itself in her life. It’s just a matter of patience & time.
I wish you the very best in your comedy shows.
Thanks Salim. It’s good hearing from you again. I appreciate the kind wishes.
And thank you for sharing your pain. You did it in a way that invited us in to spend a while with you without inviting pity or voyeurism. It allowed us to think of our own pain and face it with courage.
I joined you after your Freshly Pressed article and have enjoyed the ride so far.
Wow, 10,000 that’s insane. I went from one or even three on a good day to 1800 and 1500 on the back of an FP. Then back to 30. But it’s been a good incentive to keep on posting.
I would love to hear you live but Ohio’s a bit far.
Thanks so much Ian. I wasn’t sure about last Monday’s posting, but it was something I needed to write and I knew my daughter would gain something from it. Also, I think it’s important in the context of this topic (health & humor) to let people see the human side of me. I’m not always jolly, and there are days when I can’t find a thing to laugh about. We all have those days. But the sun always comes up tomorrow, so there’s always hope. And on those days, that’s what gets us through. Thanks for taking the time to share.
And keep posting the blog!
Thank you Dave for sharing your week. I know exactly what you have been through with your daughter and her sad loss, I have been through the same with our daughter, it was after going through IVF. It is so painfull to see your daughter with such pain in her heart and there is just nothing we can do about it but support them.
I am so pleased to see your so successfull with your writing, I am very inspired by you and the way you write. I am also sorry I and my wife cant come and see you live as we live in Western Australia. (a bit far but never know one day)
Thanks Bill. I think watching one of our kids go through this is worse than going through it ourselves, because as I said, we’re supposed to be the ones who can make things better. But she’s coming around and getting better by the day. Thanks for the warm thoughts.
Deepest sympathy for you and your family in this time, I pray for encouragement to be poured down upon you all from the greatest Encourager that exists.
Thank you. That means a lot.