Blogs by Richard Region Arrington
My life, R. Region Arrington
8/25/2009 8:49:20 PM
We have all tried to go on and lead good lives. We have worked with several childrenís organizations in his name like JDRF and our local childrenís hospital.
This blog is new for me. I have a website also that talks about my books, and tells something about me. But this blog is an opportunity to share other facets of my life with you. Writing books is very important to me, but there are other things I care about too. And I can talk to you about them here. Maybe we share the same opinions, maybe we worry about the same things, maybe weíve had some of the same victories or griefs, and maybe we laugh about the same things. Laughter definitely helps keep me going when life gets tough. I hope that we can have some laughs on my blogs, and share some private moments. I will bring you up to date on what Iím doing, seeing, thinking, and feeling on my blogs. Thank you for sharing this special place with me. What I care about most: my children and my wife of eighteen year, Kristin. They are my life and always have been. I have always been a full time, hands-on dad by day, and wrote by night. My two sons are important to me, so they have kept me very busy, and they are the joy in my life. That doesnít mean there havenít been some tough moments. There are in everyoneís life. But the happiness we share far outweighs the pain or worry. Iíve worked in the car pool at my sonís elementary school in 15 degree temperature and I volunteer as the 4-H leader at my sonís school. I have tried to be there for all the tough moments when things donít go well for them, and what I hate most is that I canít Ďfixí everything. I am trying to teach my son's to be good people, I take Zach to the church food ministry every Christmas. Zach gives his old toys to the children as they come through for food. I canít make people be nice to them, or shield them from all the hurts and disappointments. I want their happiness, well being and safety more than anything, and no matter how much I love them, I canít guarantee that. I hate that part. And I cherish the time we spend together. We see a lot of each other and are very close. We go on vacation together. Sometimes we argue at each other, but on the whole we all get along pretty well, even very well, and we love each other. I sometimes feel like crying ever time they have a larger size of shoe or move up a grade in school, because it brings me closer to the day they will be own their own. The hardest thing that ever happened to me was when my son William died on January 1, 2000, he was nine days old. He died of SIDís at three in the morning, he was our first child, and we loved him. It was terrible for all of us, but I think it brought my wife and I even closer, and made us even more grateful for all our children and each other. We still miss him and our son Zach who was born that next year asks questions about his brother. You donít stop missing someone you lose, but you learn to live with it, like a limb you lose. We have all tried to go on and lead good lives. We have worked with several childrenís organizations in his name like JDRF and our local childrenís hospital. I have been very blessed and have tried to give back in our church food ministry, and work really, really hard and always have. At times in my life, I have had very little money, I was a Deputy Sheriff and wrote at night. I completed my first book ďThe Voyage of Billy BuckinsĒ, which was published, and after that I wrote ďTommy Hop the Bunnyí which was also published. Sometimes the lessons we learn are hard. But in my experience, perseverance wins the prize. I always tell friends that if I had quit after the second or third or even fourth unpublished book, I would never have had the career that I do today. So whatever you do, itís good to stick with it. Iím pretty stubborn about not giving up, on most things, and people. I was turned down four times with ďThe Voyage of Billy BuckinsĒ but I never gave up. After eighteen years in law enforcement, you get an attitude about you and given up is not apart of you character. I also have a number of other interests. I like working with my sonís elementary school. In 2007, I brought the 4-H into his school. This has been a fun organization for me, because of my love of gardening. The club I started has twenty five students from 4th and 5th grade. We work on gardening project through the year and compete with other schools. There are a number of things Iím not good at. I hate working on cars and plumbing. I donít like large social events. I donít like public speaking although I do it often. I am not big on sports either but I play tennis with my son. I hope you find my books interesting and enjoyable
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