Not the day I was expecting

I take a great deal of satisfaction in my streak. I write a substantive blog post every weekday, and have since I started this blog in March of 2015, almost five years ago.

This is, of course, an insane thing to do.

There is no rational reason for it.

You might think the irrational reason is a desire to give back to you, my readers. And that is certainly true. But it’s not a complete explanation.

I do this to connect. I do it to know that you are there. From the statistics, I can see that you are reading these posts. I can see you commenting and sharing them. And since I work so often in the privacy of my own study, this connection is very valuable to my sanity and sense of self-worth.

Thank you.

Today did not go as I planned it. I am visiting family, including my parents here in suburban Philadelphia. My father has been experiencing a difficult health episode. The day started with a need for me to help him and my mother out in a very physical way at 6:00 this morning, continued through various medical professionals during the day, and ended in the hospital for the afternoon. My father is there now, they are taking good care of him, and the prognosis is hopeful.

No one could blame me for skipping today. And I very well might skip tomorrow.

But know that all you have to do is read this and it will make a difference to me.

You are my audience; I serve you. But know that, just by being there, you serve me as well, and I am grateful.

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  1. Josh,
    I might not read every post you write from beginning to end, but I always check to see what you have written about each day. I’m sure your parents were glad you were there. It is difficult to go through situations like alone. Please let us know how your father is doing.

  2. Thank you, Josh. All the best for you and your family. Hope all turns out well and that you all have a happy Thanksgiving. … from another ‘redistributed’ (to NorCal) Philadelphian.

  3. You never ever need to apologize. My motto has always been “family first.” You are exactly where you need to be. I hope that your Dad makes a full recovery.

  4. We’ll forgive the transgression and let you spend your time with your family. I hope your Thanksgiving is as happy as it can be.

  5. You’ve more than earned time with your family. Both your physical and your online (us) family.
    Thank you, buddy, for you rare rare follow through on principle.
    Best outcomes and strength to you.

  6. Please tell your dad I think of him often, and that both of my kids went to Penn State, if he remembers me and if that will make him happy. I wish you, your whole family, and especially your dad, the best of health during this challenging time.

  7. Josh, best wishes for your whole family and have a happy Pennsylvanian Thanksgiving. Thank you for your help- much gratitude, Eileen

  8. Thank you for the common sense and wisdom you share with us every day. Kindest regards to you and your family – take ALL the time you need.

  9. Your parents raised a good man. Thanks for checking in with the world. Prayers for a good prognosis and full recovery for your dad. You’re off the hook for tomorrow. Have a good thanksgiving.

  10. Thank you for all that you are sharing with us. Please take good care of yourself and I do wish the best to your father in this health problem (and in the rest, of course).
    And best of luck.

  11. Cynicism about Thanksgiving may be a trend, but your post refutes the idea. We are wired to be present for family. Thanks for reminding us of that, and for extending that bond to your readers every day.

  12. Best wishes to you and your family Josh. Please try to rest and take care of yourself, your online family will understand.

  13. May your father heal quickly. It is hard to see our parents unwell. My mom ended up in the hospital almost 2 weeks ago and it is distressing. Blessed that you are there.