Indelible Pencil

Time, Chance and the Grace of God

Raymond Roske

Raymond Roske
Denver, Colorado,
April 21
Can pick a good wine, juggle, lay tile, change an engine, fly a small airplane, make a peanut butter sandwich while changing a diaper, grow a garden, raise a chicken, deliver a baby, make the world's best homemade salsa and pierogi's, shift through the gears on a wheelie, turn left to go right, drive a Peterbuilt or CAT 950G, speak Pig Latin, remove a fishing fly from own chin with needle nose pliars, sink the eight-ball on the break, identify a cancerous mole, use hand gestures when public speaking, convert an atheist with the bible, weld with torch, stick or MIG, jump off a ladder with a running chainsaw, pick locks, hot wire a car, doodle, outrun a police officer, write a 1000 word essay, whittle, gut a deer, convince a group of people to jump out of a hot tub to roll in the snow, pull teeth (kids or pets), teach anyone to ride a bike (including african women)


NOVEMBER 13, 2012 7:12PM

Letters to a Younger You

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It’s so easy to contemplate today, to sit and feel what you feel and write a letter, a bit of advice, a reflection of the present time to the older you. Anyone can do it.

Not so with the inverse. Some would say it's impossible.

I say, hogwash. Here goes.

Fossil-Petrified Wood

Dear Younger You:

I know what you are thinking right now. Let me give you some advice. Don't fret.

 “Yea, sure. Easy for you to say. You are an old fossil now and everything’s turned out alright for you already. All you have to worry about is keeping your job for a few more years, pulling off a good bowel movement every day and not falling on the ice and cracking your head open out there on the front steps.”

OK, this may be true, but don’t forget, I was in your shoes once. Literally. No, I mean it, those exact same shoes. As a matter of fact I still have them. They’re right out there in the garage.

"Oh CRAP! You should have learned to throw more stuff away. I gotta do that as soon as possible. Really?! Is this what I'm in for?"

Wait. What? No, listen. Don’t be afraid to do different things. Things like cutting your hair off, dyeing it or growing it out. Getting different glasses or contact lenses. Quitting your job and getting a new one or not getting a new one at all and moving to the beach to live with your sister for the summer instead.

 “But I already did all that.”

Ah, so you did.  So, what year are we in? Nevermind. So that person you are dating? Do you want to know if you should marry them or not? How it will all turn out? If you'll make it, have kids, get divorced, anything?

"No. Don't tell me anything. It's my life, I want to live it and figure it out by myself"

But you are! Don't you understand? It's me! I mean you! the future you, I mean.  Stop worrying and fretting about everything. You're really smart, you'll have some close calls. Things won't always go as planned, but you'll come out on the other side just fine. It's going to be OK. Just don't quit.

Get rid of those dead-end, so-called friends. They are dragging you down. Focus. Focus on what you love to do and dream for yourself. Don't waste time on nonsense.  Don't you trust me...I mean don't you trust yourself?

"No. Go away. You sound like my parents."

 Sigh. Maybe I am.

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