A couple of blogs ago I talked about trying to do something every year that I’d never done before. At the time I believed my “big” event would be starting a blog; however, I have been approached with another first. I have been asked to become the host of “Those Who Served” on our local television channel, ETC. Needless to say, the last time I was this nervous was when I did my first solo in helipcopter school. I’ve learned in life, when you’re really scared, look to your friends for help. I couldn’t do it in flight school, but I knew in this endeavor I could count on Tim Mercier. Believe it or not, we got through it together. Tim is good at that kind of stuff and his talents enabled me to stumble through my first taping. My next guest will be a 95 year old WWII POW veteran. I’m really excited about talking with him about his experiences. Future guests will be listed on my website, rjpattersonbooks.com. I hope you will follow me and make suggestions on how to make it better. It should be an adventure.
Speaking of that, today I made an effort to join Tim for coffee and as I walked in the door of the Apple House, I noticed a new display. There must have been a hundred kites for sale. Something my wife shared with me once was that she’d never flown one. I couldn’t believe my ears, but if you live in a city, there aren’t many places to fly kites. When I saw the display I had an idea. Why not let her do something this year she’s never done before? So I bought a kite and after she fed me lunch, I gave her the surprise. Amazingly enough, we didn’t tangle it in a single tree and it flew just like it should. Kids would have probably stayed out all day, but due to the cold we only lasted forty-five minutes. When we came back inside, I called Mercier’s and talked to the pretty lady with a huge smile that I call Savannah, and she told me Mercier’s is having a special Fly the Kite day on Saturday. Why don’t you take advantage of this with someone you love and let them experience something they’ve never done before? For you older folks, it’s a fun way to relive your childhood. Hope to see you next week.