Generation 10.08

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BEEP * BEEP * BEEP

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Sounds of sobbing.

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I woke up to find myself in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs and machines.  I could also hear Spring crying.

“What happened?” I croaked out.

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Spring told me that I had been shot and left for dead.   Fortunately I had been found by some explorers who went for help.   After being stabilized I was flown home and went into immediate surgery.  

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Spring was thrilled to see me awake and sitting up.

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The first time I got out of bed she threw her arms around me and sobbed.

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I was shocked to realize that Spring was close to 8 months pregnant.  I guess we conceived another baby right before I left.  I was gone for several months and then in a coma for a few more.

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I also learned that while I was gone Kaden grew up into an active little toddler.

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Now that we are home from the hospital Spring is able to work with him on learning to talk, walk and use the potty.

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After my near brush with death I am committed to spending more time with my family.  My doctor suggested swimming as a way of building up my muscles so we often head to the gym were I swim.

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Spring will relax by the pool.  She says she is relaxing but I say she is keeping an eye on me while I am in the water.

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She also does yoga.

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We bring Kaden and set up a potty chair and some toys for him to play with.

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After school the kids come over and work out.

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Or play.

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I am making sure to show Spring just how wonderful and special she is.

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About a month after I got out of the hospital Spring went into labor.

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She gave birth to our beautiful baby girl Kaitlyn.

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Spring has been enjoying the cookbooks I brought back from Egypt.  She has decided not to return to the police force but rather took a job cooking at a local restaurant.

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I am so happy to be home and I love spending time with the kids.

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I can’t believe I almost missed out on so much of their lives.  It is really making me rethink my career goals.

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Spring and I have been going out on date nights.

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My strength is also returning and I have been practicing martial arts again.

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I am also able to resume my full work outs.

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Tragically the grim reaper came for Max.

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He was a wonderful dog and my heart breaks at his loss.   I couldn’t have asked for a more loyal partner.

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For Leisure Day I decided to host a pool party.  All the kids had off from school and businesses in town were closed.   So I invited everyone over for a pool party.

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I went down the water slide.

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I am not sure I went into the water very gracefully.

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The girls had a water balloon fight with Grady’s girls.

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And Kevin played basketball with Aric.

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We decided to celebrate Kaden’s birthday.

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He is a very active little boy who loves sports.

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After the party Emilio asked me what my plans were.  I told him I didn’t know but that I wanted to stay around here and be with my family.  No more international travel.   He suggested I get my PI license and consult with the police department.

It is something to think about.

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