The Dash

June 18, 2014

A couple of months ago

I attended a funeral

During the Mass

The priest read a poem

Written by Linda Ellis

Simply Titled….

The Dash

The poem seemed to be

The topic of conversation

After the service

I never heard that before

That was very profound

It really made me stop and think

When we look at a gravestone

We only see

A name

A date of Birth

And…

The date they passed away

Between the 2 dates

You will find….

The dash

The little dash stands for

Everything that was accomplished

During their lifetime

What do we do to fill our dash

What have we passed on…

To our family….

Friends….

Co-workers….

All who we meet

What is our legacy

What did we do with the gifts

We were given

This is the measure of our dash

How do we want to be remembered

If given the chance to write

Our own epithet

What would it say

Do we live to fulfill

The words we would write

Live Your Dash!

The Hunt

April 5, 2012

This Sunday is Easter Sunday

 

 

A big day for the Hutchinson family

 

 

Every year….

 

 

 

After we go to Mass….

 

 

 

We all head over to my Mom’s house

 

For Easter Brunch

 

 

 

Everybody chips in….

 

 

 

We have it down pat by now…

.

 

 

We all bring a dish

 

 

 

My sister Maureen coordinates

 

 

Janet always brings her sausage and egg casserole

 

 

 

A family favorite

 

 

 

There so much food there

 

You would think there were a 100….

 

People there

 

 

 

 

In a few years we may not be off the mark..

 

 

 

If all the grandchildren start having kids

 

We should hit the 100 mark pretty fast

 

 

 

After the meal is done….

 

 

 

 

The fun begins

 

 

 

We do an Easter egg hunt with a twist

 

 

 

There is a battle for the……

 

 

 

Hutch Trophy

 

 

 

This is a competition between the adults and children

 

 

 

We buy 2 puzzles and we take the pieces…..

 

 

 

And place each piece in a plastic egg

 

 

 

Then the children take their puzzle eggs and hide it

 

In the front yard

 

 

 

While the adults take their puzzle eggs

 

And hide them in the back yard

 

 

 

It can be vice a versa…..

 

 

 

When all the eggs are hidden, we meet inside

 

 

And then….

 

 

 

We are off and running

 

 

 

 

Who can find all the plastic eggs and….

 

 

 

Assemble their puzzle first

 

 

 

 

Think there is a little bit of competition going on?

 

 

 

Last summer I told you about the Hutch Olympics….

 

 

 

 

This is training

 

 

 

 

 

Each team is fighting to get bragging rights

 

 

 

The trophy sits in my mom’s kitchen all year….

 

 

 

As a gentle reminder…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family get togethers’ are great

 

 

There is a special bond that is reinforced

 

 

 

 

Time and time again

 

 

We all find ourselves laughing….

 

 

 

When we all……..

 

 

 

Are acting like children

 

 

 

We remember the simple……

 

 

 

Pleasures that life brings

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy and……

 

 

 

Treasure the time……

 

 

 

You share with your family

 

 

 

 

It is one of life’s little miracles

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all

 

My family and friends

Happy New Year

January 7, 2011

Where did 2010 go? 

Not that long ago….. I was sitting on the beach, reading a book, drinking a Bloody Mary and letting the water run up over my toes.

Each year seems to fly by faster and faster.

2010 was a pretty great year.  We had some very memorable moments in the Hutchinson household:

Our eldest son George IV got married in 2010 and he and his wife Caroline are now expecting George Henry Hutchinson V….. (G 5)…. in early to mid-January. Five generations of George Henrys. Can it get any better than that!!!!!

Our second son Brenton, bought his first house in 2010 and got engaged last summer. I guess that first time homebuyer incentive really put a bug in his ear (or maybe it was Meghan). A June 2012 wedding is in the works.

After 27 months living in Peru and serving in the Peace Corp, our little girl Elizabeth came home in the beginning of August. It is quite a treat having her back on US soil, soaking up that vibrant Hutchinson smile. She wasted no time in finding a great job and has just bought her first new car. Don’t get in her way, she is on a tear!

Our youngest son Grant is in mid stride of his junior year at Temple, where he is a film major. Over the past 3 years he has written, filmed and starred in several short films, all have been great. Besides that, he has a budding musical career, writing and performing songs with his band. Slowly making inroads to the Phila. music and film scene.

Janet and I have both been blessed. We will admit it. We are proud of all our children. They done good and made us proud.

My Pop always said that he was careful when bragging about his kids, for they always end up doing something that would kick him in the arss.

How could he possibly say that about me? I am sticking to my story.

With 2011 now in bloom, I will be going away this weekend for my 29th retreat in Malvern, PA.

My father invited up to Malvern right after our first child was born. He asked me if I would like to go on a retreat with him in January.  I said, “What is a retreat?”  Always the coy…. He says, “Why don’t we go and find out.”

I must say, it has changed my life.

We always find ourselves living on the go……Always doing…..

Where’s my to do list?

Let’s see…..

First, I ‘ll do this….

 then I can do that….

and that will give me time to get this done

 and then I’ll rest.

The problem is that by the time you get to the rest part, you have already started another list.

Blackberry in hand and you are going……

fielding calls, replying to emails, setting appointments….go, go, go!!!

We are always doing and never taking the time

To just stop and listen……

Going on retreat the first weekend of each year presents the time to just stop….

And Reflect……

What activities, circumstances and events have brought me to where I am today?

What gifts or talents have I been given?

Have I used and developed these gifts or talents?

Has it been only for  my benefit?

Or was I willing to share?

What have you achieved?

Would you have done something or anything differently?

What do you see in your mind’s eye for 2011?

What am I looking to achieve?

What can I  do better?

What are we looking to pass onto the next generation?

These are things we keep pushing out,

because they are too personal and they do not fit on our to do list.

I am not trying to be preachy….

These are questions we are uncomfortable with, for we start to measure our self.

I know, I know……

I am my own worst critic,

Just don’t hold me accountable.

Going on retreat, you find yourself sharing the weekend with those looking to address the same questions.

Beside the quiet time to reflect,

You will also share great conversations and insights.

It has been thru these retreats that I have grown.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you who are not just clients or associates but…..

Friends.

Thru your friendships’ I have grown, which inspires me to do more in 2011.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!!!!

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