July 30, 2011

Moments in Time

I am as much a writer as I am a golfer or landscaper. I mean I like to golf and I am pretty good at it but I would never consider myself a GOLFER. I mow my lawn once a week and it looks no different then the neatly manicured lawns in my neighborhood, but a landscaper, far from it. That's why I struggle with the term WRITER. Isn't everyone at some point a writer? My son makes up these nonsensical stories at school about how the world should just be turned into a planet based solely on Star Wars characters, I guess that would make him a writer in the loosest sense of the term.

I have a hard time when I am forced to write on a certain topic as most of what I say seems forced, or not truly in a voice that represents who I am. What I like to write about, and always have, is moments in time. Maybe it's the journalist in me coming through, but I don't want to force something that isn't there. I spent years behind a camera capturing moments and turning them into stories based on what I saw. You are taught in television not to stage anything, if you missed it, so be it. You have to figure out another way to tell the story. When given a topic to write about, I feel almost as if I am staging something, and I don't feel good about it.

Most of what I write about today is based on the images I capture. Whether it's a particularly moving photo that I took or even just a snapshot stored in the back of my head, everything has a story. Take for instance my nephew Dylan, we were at an amusement park not too long ago, and he was getting so upset that he might not be able get on a certain roller coaster, you could tell he just was not going to enjoy the day without at least giving it a try. We snuck on the back as we always do, I mean really who wants to wait on lines when half the thrill of the ride is the thought you might get caught cutting in front of everybody. As we headed up the first hill, the anticipation from this boy was bubbling over. Once at the top, he was ready to explode. The sheer enjoyment from him could not be expressed in a bunch of words written down on a piece of paper, this was a moment in time that could only be captured through the lens of my camera. Sometimes you have to realize that an image tells the story better than words ever could.

Other times the image can be the basis for the story. I wrote a story once about how I almost lost my son on a family vacation. This was the last photo we took of him before the unimaginable happened. We were on a Disney Cruise three hours out to sea and my child turned blue and began convulsing. As a parent I feared the worst, my son was dying right before my eyes. I really had no idea what to think at the time other than here we are out at sea, on our way to the Bahamas and my lifeless child was sitting there right in front me, and there was nothing that I could do. To make a long story short, he had something called a febrile seizure, which it turns out is pretty benign, but when you haven't seen something like this is person, it can be the scariest thing imaginable.

Here I was, four years later looking through photos on my computer and up popped this image. A flood of emotions ran through me and I was transported back in time to the day it happened. November 16th, 2006, what could have been the worst day in my life was staring me in the face. Something I wanted to forget was now burning holes in my eyes. I had to get this story written and the only thing I had to go with was this picture. One image, one moment in time is all it took.

Me? A writer?

Maybe not.

Someone who captures moments?

That's more like it.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


July 28, 2011


I finally made it. I feel like I have been talking about this forever, and the day has finally arrived. As a Lego man, this is Mecca, Graceland, and Disney all rolled into one. LEGOLAND!

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Just Eat it!

Flipping through images on my phone got me wondering, does any of the "food" my boys eat ever make it INTO their mouths?

Of course you never see their faces covered in broccoli or grilled chicken, it's always some variation of sugar. I'm thinking that they must be saving the flavor for later.

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July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Window

This week's Wednesday's Window is a blast from the past.  We are currently on vacation in California and I haven't been there with the boys since Carter was a little baby.  Tyler had just turned three and two definite stops were Legoland and Disneyland. We are again visiting those two places, but I thought it would be nice to revisit the last time that we went.  They have grown up so much since then, but I will always remember them as these two little boys.  I hoe you enjoy this weeks Wednesday's Window.

It's hard to believe that this is the same family sometimes
Tyler on the Jetty in La Jolla
Tyler the knight in Legoland
Yes that is made of legos, I probably have enough at my house to do the same
Quieter times
The little guy turning into the big guy
My happy little guys
Flying above the coastline
Taking in the fireworks at Disney
His favorite character in the world

There are definitely a lot of memories from this trip as I had taken paternity leave from work to enjoy time with my kids.  It put a seed in the back of our minds that staying home was something that I could do fulltime.  I miss my boys at this age, especially Tyler.  The excitement he had for everything is something I will always remember.  I am so happy to be these boys daddy.

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July 26, 2011


"Daddy, why didn't we go to the fireworks tonight?" - Carter Willey

The Sunday night before the Fourth of July was one of those nights that I am never going to get back with my kids.  Any other Sunday it would have been fine, but this just so happened to be the night of the big Kaboom! fireworks display in Red Bank, New Jersey.  We have made it a point to see this show every year, even before we had kids.  It's really awesome.  These type of events only happen once a year so it gets me a little depressed that I am not able to share the moments with my kids.  They are only going to be this age once and the memories that we make on nights like that Sunday last a lifetime.  That night though I'll remember it for another reason, we decided to use it as a lesson for our youngest son Carter.

Carter has always been a more emotional child than our other son Tyler.  When something happens not to his liking, for him it's as if the world was ending.  He could literally scream for half an hour over something as little as wearing the wrong color socks.  It can be difficult to deal with.  That day was no different.  A lot of Carter's problems stem from a lack of sleep.  If there was a child that could benefit from an afternoon nap it would be him, but if he did take one he wouldn't go to bed until 11:00 at night.  It's kind of a tricky situation, because he is also not the kind of child that is going to sleep in past 8:00 in the morning.  In the few days leading up to that Sunday Carter had been going to bed later than usual, a lot of that had to deal with plans that we had made and the fact that my wife gets home from work so late.  She would like to see the kids before they go to bed so something has to give.  What happens then is that you have a Carter that is unstable at times and also cranky from a lack of sleep.  It's kind of a perfect storm minus George Clooney and his fishing boat.  It's partially our fault but the bay has got to learn.

He was OK throughout the course of the day, even fine when we went to go see Mr. Popper's Penguins, but afterward was when the trouble started.  Carter has a tendency, understatement there, to demand things, you know he doesn't use please all the time and will scream until he gets his way.  It's easy to give in just to shut him up sometimes.  I know that we have made mistakes as parents by letting him take charge of a situation, but as parents know, it can be difficult dealing with this type of kid.  The easy way out is not necessarily the best way out. Screaming in the car turned into a full blown tantrum when we got home,

The decision was made that he would not see the fireworks that night and I would be the one to stay home.  I would have rather him stayed there by himself, but alas, that was obviously not an option.  So while Tyler went with my wife to the show, Carter and I stayed home.  It was getting late anyway and he probably would have fallen asleep on the way there but when you get a chance to teach your child a valuable lesson, you have to jump at it.  Besides this was a big event, surely this was a moment that would stick with him and the lesson learned would go a long way toward improving his behavior.  As we laid in bed that night we began discussing why we didn't go see the show:
"Daddy, why didn't we go to the fireworks tonight"
"Because you were doing things that mommy and daddy didn't like" 
"Daddy, was it crowded at the fireworks tonight?
"Oh yeah, there was a lot of people there."
"So why didn't we go?"
"We are trying to teach you that it's not nice nice to be mean" 
"No!  We didn't go because it was too crowded."
Somehow I don't think he learned his lesson.

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July 25, 2011

Like Riding a Bike

Everything that is old hat is like riding a bike.  The only problem is actually learning how to.  Shouldn't learning how to ride a bike, be like riding a bike.  Confused?  Yeah so am I.

Taking a trip to my parents house a couple of weeks ago afforded me the opportunity to try and teach my son how to ride a bike.  They have a much bigger driveway than I do and a lot more space.  All I really have is a sidewalk and it's a little too bumpy to learn how to ride.  I figured this was the place that I learned and I still know how to ride, so it couldn't be too hard to teach him.

Boy was I wrong.

I had gotten some tips from a lot of people including one from an old, not really old-- she would kill me if I called her that, friend of mine from college.  She said that I should try taking the training wheels and the pedals off and get him used to balancing on the bike first.  After a couple of hours -- who has that kind of time?-- he would be riding off into the sunset.  Well, teaching a kid to ride a bike can be a very frustrating thing.  You want them to get it right away so you can pull up next them on your own Schwinn and enjoy rides together.  But it's not that easy, kids don't understand things like balancing and that if you don't know how to, chances are you are going to fall.  Falling is not something my boy likes to do, and I don't like seeing him fall.

I don't have hours, actually I do, to teach him how to do this seemingly simple task. He's a big kid, just turned seven, so he should be able to figure these things out by himself, right?.  What I realize that I don't have is the patience.  After about thirty minutes, riding lessons turned into a racing game between him, his brother, and my mother -- who found her 50 (gasp!) year old bike in the attic of her garage.  I tell you, that it is a beautiful old bike that I am sure some collector would love if it was in a little better shape.  Anyway I was happy for the break in the action, it gave me a chance to figure out the next way to get this done.

I put the training wheels and the pedals back on.  I know that this is the wrong way to go, and that it's akin to potty training and then putting them back in diapers while doing it.  You just have to stick the course and realize that there are going to be issues with learning a new task.  If they pee all over the floor or make a doody on top of the cat then so be it, they will learn eventually.   If he falls down, then you know what, he'll get back on that horse and do it all over again.  He'll get it.

What I learned is that I really don't have any issue with him riding a bike with training wheels, it's going to take time.  He learned how to go to the bathroom, he learned how to swim, he learned how to read and write, and you know what, he'll learn how to ride a bike too.  It might not have been that week at my parents house but someday he'll be riding off into the sunset, and I'll be at home wanting him to come back, wishing that I never took those training wheels off in the first place.

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July 23, 2011

The Bubble Gum Boys

Let me start by saying that I normally hate when people chew gum around me. The constant smacking and the incessant bubble blowing really get to me. It all stems from a former coworker of mine named Glenn Thompson. Glenn would chew gum all day, everyday and the noise coming out of his mouth was enough to drive me nuts.

Secondly I don't normally offer my kids gum as I am afraid that they might just try to swallow it. I don't want to digging around in their throats if it gets stuck in there if you know what I mean. Just recently though they took an interest in trying to blow bubbles, and as the parent I am that wants to make sure things like this art get passed from generation to generation, I let them.

The effort is there. We need to work on their technique.

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July 22, 2011

Is There a Doctor on Board

There are a couple of things you don't want to hear on a plane. I won't even mention one as I am still on the plane and really who wants to jinx it right. The other is "Is there a doctor or nurse on board?" Well, we just heard number two.

There are the assortment of screaming kids on this plane, including my own who is taking out his frustrations with his Nintendo DS, on everyone within earshot, which on a plane is pretty much everyone. Yeah that's my kid playing a game he probably shouldn't, and is currently disrupting your in flight movie. Sorry. But what the hell is going on about twenty rows ahead of us?

You hope that everything is OK, but for a majority of us it's for selfish reasons, we just want to get to San Francisco without further delay. Six hours is about the time when everyones batteries start to die in their DS's and every parents patience dies as well. Between my screaming four year old, the six month old behind me, and the mom with four kids under the age of seven any delays are going to cause serious problems. I know what you are thinking, you are such a cold heartless bastard, but trust me you would feel the same way.

I was on the other side of this as an illness to my son caused an entire cruise ship to turn around in the middle of the Atlantic. Sure I felt bad, but at least there are things to do on the boat. Here at 35,000 feet, not so much. Any parent knows where I am coming from here, when you have to deal with something for six hours, any AND I MEAN ANY delay is not welcome, even if there are medical issues on board. I know I will get struck down for saying that, that's why I will wait until morning to post this. I don't want to bring down everyone with me.

Fortunately it looks as though things will be OK. Medical issues have been taken care of thank God. Now if I can get all the screaming kids around me to stop, we'll be golden. I deal with enough of that at home. I knew I should have hopped on that plane to Lisbon when I had the chance. Is there a pharmacist on board? I need some Tylenol, this is giving me a headache.

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July 21, 2011

Summer Safety Series #3... Starring Legos

DIY Safety

Summer is a time that we all get carried away with projects that we have to do around the house.  All of a sudden we men turn into Norm Abrams or Tommy Silva.  It's important to remember one valuable thing when we decide to dig around in the yard. There are buried water, cable, electric and gas lines down there.  If you don't know where they are, there is a number you can call.

The Movie

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July 20, 2011

Wednesday's Window

Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to get back to my hometown of Geneseo, NY for my 20th High School Reunion.  One of the things I love about the place is that there is no shortage of beautiful buildings in town.  The oldest dating back to the early 19th century.  Of course it would be impossible to post all of them here so I will give you just a few, as well as some other images I capture along the way.  I hope you enjoy this week's Wendesday's Window.

The old train depot
Main Street with fountain in the middle
Big Tree Inn, home of my parents wedding reception
The county courthouse
Main Street
The original schoolhouse
The Village Offices
The movie theater, not in use in about 20 years
Conesus Lake
The only place to get pizza in town
My old high school, under construction

It's always nice to go back and see the old town.  It really brings me back to the good times of my youth.  I wish I was able to capture more, but I had two kids in tow.  I will be back though to see my favorite places, and hopefully some familiar faces.

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July 19, 2011

What are You Looking at?

Yeah I am talking to you.  What, you never seen someone sleep with their eyes open before?  I sleep this way so you don't mess with me.  I am liable to punch you in the nose if you keep staring.

Boy that Carter, always on the lookout for evil bad guys.

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July 16, 2011

Blogger Idol 2011... Week Three

So I have moved on to week four in Blogger Idol!  This weeks double elimination spared me the axe.  It was closer than I would have liked, but it just proves that every vote counts, so please continue to vote each week until I am gone, which hopefully won't be until the Finale.

This week we were asked to team up with another finalist and write a joint piece, an interview of sorts.  I was fortunate to team up with Mama Mash, another stay at home parent from Kansas City, you can read about her here.  She has quite a story and is a very clever writer.  The judges were pleased with the direction that we took, but they seemed less than thrilled about the lack of research it seemed we did on each other.  I actually read every single post she made, so the research was there.  As far as doing an interview based on your blog, thats boring.  If you wanted to find out about the blog, you could just read it.  The idea is to get a better understanding of the person, not the blog, something I believe that we did.


John and Julie do the same job (stay-at-home parents), have the same hobby (blogging), hell, they even studied the same thing in college (journalism). This makes them both curious writers who are used to captaining the ship. Take a peek as the authors of Daddy’s in Charge? and Mamamash try to get a glimpse into what it’s like when the other parent is running the show.

Who does what?

Julie: What have you and your wife agreed upon as your job description?

John: My wife Jenn and I just had this conversation last week, and it really has become an issue in our house. There are times when all of it just gets too overwhelming and things spiral out of control. My house is a mess, my refrigerator is bare, and my kids don't have matching socks. I like to think that as long as the kids are alive, I have been doing my job. 

As far as my wife is concerned it needs to be much more than that though, I need to take a more active role in their development and wellbeing. I have my normal duties like cooking, cleaning, and laundry like any stay at home parent, although I still struggle with my wife's laundry from time to time. There are just too many different settings to worry about. Mine all goes in one load, one temperature. Hers, I actually have to read the label. It sucks.  

Julie: I think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs comes into play here. If my refrigerator were empty, my husband wouldn’t care if the house were a mess or if the laundry weren’t done. He’d follow me around whimpering “Food. Food. Fooooood.” 

John: So what’s the grocery-shopping strategy. Coupons? 

Julie: My husband absolutely abhors shopping unless it involves electronics or liquor, so I do the majority of our food shopping. I've never shopped with coupons until this year when I decided it would be fun to try this new "extreme couponing" thing. Hubs was tolerant of my new hobby until he went looking for a wrench and was surprised by a year's supply of Playtex Sport nestled among his tools. 

To be honest, I didn't really enjoy all the work it required, although I now have enough toothpaste to survive a shortage in the event of the zombie apocalypse. Now that things are back to a much more normal scale, I poke around in the fridge to see what we need, quiz the man of the house as to his current menu requests, make a list that I then forget on the table, and enjoy a couple of hours to myself at the market.

Cooking, Cleaning, Keeping calm

Julie:  Honey I'm home.  What's for dinner?

Routine, Routine, Routine

Julie: It's naptime, what are you doing?

Judges Comments:

"I liked the conversational tone, and how even though one of you would ask the question, often you would both answer it in your discussion back and forth.

What I didn't get a feel for though, is whether or not you did any "research" on each other before you conducted the interview. Your blogs weren't mentioned at all, but then again you are very similar to each other in some ways and so it could be assumed that you were more curious about each other's typical day than you were about each other's blog. You didn't really have to explain your job to each other, because you both do the same thing (if that makes any sense at all).

All in all, I think it was well thought out and well written. Nice work!"

Amy, from Non-Stop Mom 

"I really liked this. You guys picked a great way to go about it, with the whole 'he does, she does' thing. I can honestly say I don't ever think I would have thought of that. It was very clever, and I liked that you guys had an overall topic and then discussed things within that topic. It made it seem very put together and organized, and very natural. "

"I liked that this had a conversational flow and that you broke it down into categories. I also like how, in one way or another, you each answered the questions. I think that the questions gave a great insight into each others lives/routines and, in turn, gave us a good perspective of what it's like to parent from the other side.

I think it flowed well, was put together nicely, and seemed very natural."

Kim, from Mamas Monologues 

"I really like this one. The discussion style was easy to read and the topics flowed easily, and it was interesting to see how a stay at home dad deals with things different from a stay at home mom. I can also so glimpses of your blog styles and personality, which is great.

Having a theme (stay at home parents in this case) really helps tighten things up, and you guys did a great job."

Alison, from Mama Wants This! 

"I also liked the conversational tone and you do get to know each other better. I have to agree with Non-Stop Mom when she says that you do not get the picture that you did a lot of background research, but the interviews works. I loved the part about extreme coupon shopping for a zombie apocalypse - nice! Nice blend of both humor and seriousness. Good job!"
Chris, from Dad of Divas

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July 15, 2011

How Much for that Doggie?

Let me first preface this by saying that these dogs are not for sale.  They are all headed to owners across the country who share a passion for Irish Setters, much like my cousins Greg and Robin.  For as long as I have know them, they have had one of these dogs, maybe it's the same dog, just incredibly old, I don't know, but the fact is these dogs are their kids.  They get their own room in the house and they eat better than most people, if of course people liked eating raw chicken backs.  I for one would pass, but you get the point these dogs are well kept.

We were fortunate enough to be invited over to their house last week to check out these really cute new puppies.  I think we were invited because it was partially my dads 75th birthday and they knew I had kids.  Kids usually love puppies, I say usually, because Carter has a love hate relationship with them.  He loves to look at them from afar and is intrigued by them, but up close can be another story.  If a dog even attempts to sniff anywhere near my sons butt, or makes the slightest attempt to lick his face off, you just never know what might happen.

Tyler on the other hand loves getting all the attention.  His cousins have a dog named Cookie, and while she is the craziest dog alive, Tyler can't get enough of her.  He was so cute with these new puppies and even helped out playing catch with the older ones despite the fact that they were about the same size as him, and drool was dripping out of their mouths like an open faucet.  Seeing him on the ground playing with these cute little guys really makes me want to get him a puppy.  Of course he has always been the more gentle and caring of our two boys.

There is one problem though, the aforementioned Carter.  I just don't know if he would be into a puppy or try to shove it into a burning fire.  He can be so night and day sometimes, and I know he would more than likely open up to the idea of getting a dog, but you never know.  He was scared of a cat recently at a friend of ours house, which is awesome because I think cats are worthless.  I just don't know about a dog though, it's a pretty big commitment that I am not sure my boys would be fully into yet.  I think every child should have the joy of owning one, I had dogs growing up as a kid, so I really don't know any other way.  I know that there would be days that Carter would love the puppy, but there would be days that he would try to eat it, so I am tempted to hold off for now.  Maybe we'll get a fish, at least I know he won't eat that.

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July 14, 2011

High School Reunion

Geneseo Central Class of 1991 Now
I haven't seen most these people since the moment they were awarded their diplomas, which is strange to think about because I went to school with a lot of them since Kindergarten.  But after graduation people went their separate ways and without things like Facebook or even email it was hard at the time for you to keep in contact with anyone.  I have been fortunate over the past few years to reconnect with a lot of them over the internet.  I actually joked that I knew a lot of them more now than when I was in high school.  You show up at an event like this having not seen a person or spoken to them in 20 years, but you know who their spouses are and if they have kids or not.  It really was kind of strange that way.  

Eric W., me, and Ryan M.
I didn't know what to expect walking in. Would people even remember who I was? Now I wasn't Mr. Popular, but I wasn't a total loser either.  I was stuck somewhere in the middle. I did play football, basketball, and baseball, but we weren't the type of school where if you were the captain of the football team you were the Big Man on Campus, I mean I am only five feet eight inches tall, hardly someone that could run with that title.  And besides you can't really call our school a campus, we had 75 kids in the entire graduating class.

I didn't go to parties until very late my senior year.  I was more content playing sports and doing my own thing.  It would have been nice to go and hang with some of the "cool" crowd, but it didn't bother me that much.  I was probably known for being a sarcastic jerk at times, something I still am to this day.  I need to shake that label, I mean sarcastic, really?  Me?

Jason J., Tracy A., me, Kelly H., Eric W.
I was worried too that I would totally blank on who a lot of these people were.  But even after 20 years you see someone for the first time and it's like you have been talking to them all your life.  All of a sudden visions of high school start rushing into your brain.  Things that you haven't thought of in years are now in the forefront of your mind.  There were guys that I played sports with, others that I worked with on the school newspaper, and it's as if we're living that life again.  It's like that with my college buddies, we head back to Syracuse and all of a sudden we are a bunch of 20 year olds, only we wake up the morning after partying, as 20 year olds in the body of a close to 40 year old, it can be rough.

Me, George D., Jason J. Jackie S.
Hearing stories of what these people have been doing the past 20 years can be kind of weird.  People that you don't ever remember talking to in high school are all of a sudden discussing their life stories.  I wish I was able to hear everyone's tales of the past two decades, but trying to fit it all in over the course of two days can be a little difficult.  You want to talk to people longer but that would be at the expense of someone else.  It makes me wish that the reunion was like a week long.  Of course by then though we probably would have been sick of each other.

Ryan M., Virginia S., Kristen Z., Kelly H.
It was great to see the success of some of these people.  A lot of them have gone on to get advanced degrees, mostly everyone seems to be happy with what they do, and those that were married have awesome spouses, including my own.  The other thing that I noticed is that we all produced some pretty good looking kids. There is definitely something in the Conesus Lake drinking water.

Some people have some crazy stories to tell, whether or not we choose to believe them is another story.  I for one have no reason to think why someone would make up a story, so George I know you have your doubters, but I want to believe that one.  It's just too good of a story not to.  

Kate B., Kelly H., Paul C.
Not everyone was able to show up for this event but it really was nice to see those who were there.  Some people that you just assumed dropped off the face of the Earth actually still lived in town.  We all looked a little different, some like myself have gained a little weight, there are a few more wrinkles, some gray hair, a couple of people actually have grandkids.  But in the end it didn't matter what we all looked like or what we did for a living, for the most part we were just happy to see each other and we had a great time.  Sure some people tended to talk with others more often and some of the same groups that formed back in High School were forming once again, that's just to be expected, but not something that got in the way of a great weekend.  Some were not happy to see their tormentors, but hey it's 20 years, we were all young and stupid.  I certainly wasn't going to let someone I hated back then destroy a weekend that I was looking forward to.  I know I have grown up a lot in the past 20 years and I am sure everyone else has too.  Looking back, there are probably some things that everyone regrets doing, but like I said 20 years is a long time to let things bother you.

Tony J., Paul C., Matt D., Eric W.
We'll probably have another reunion sometime in the future, some people were even talking about a 21st which I know won't happen, and not everyone who showed for this one will be able to attend. While it sucks to say this, I am sure I might not see some of these people ever again, but maybe others that didn't show up this time will decide to go.  It would have been great to see EVERYONE from the class but I know that sometimes life gets in the way of making that happen.  I for one would like to see everyone a little more often but if it ends up being five years from now, I'll take it.  The fact that so many people DID come back to town to attend this reunion was just awesome.  There are not that many people that can say they were in the Geneseo Central Class of 1991.  I for one am glad to have been a part of it.

Geneseo Central Class of 1991 Then
Special thanks to those that were responsible for making these festivities happen.  I know the hard work you all put in to make it possible.  I offer Johnna, Jason, Eric, and Tracy a most heartfelt thank you for everything.  To those we lost; Bob Berry and David Boutell you will be missed.

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John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?