NOVEMBER 20, 2022: “32 Pennies” …

Okay, so maybe the lyrics to this song don’t really speak to the “32 pennies” epiphany I had this weekend while driving home from Nashville. Even so, these words do apply:

Thirty two pennies in a Ragu jar … that’s all I’ve got to my name … but I love her and she loves me … to the pennies it’s all the same.

Meanwhile, and might I just add how frigging cool the power of “music alchemy” is once again? And last, but not least …

To My Kids,

Regardless of the rocky road we’ve walked together and all the Ragu your dad and I shattered and spilled all over the proverbial table of your lives, never forget that “I loved him and he loved me” and you were both born to this world from real love.

Although we may not have had the entire dollar to give each other and sometimes even you two, please know with every shred of your beings that your dad and I both did the very best we could with the set of broken utensils from our own childhoods to make you the best damn sauce we could and fill your childhood piggy banks with as many pennies as possible.

If God is the God I know He is and He continues not to forsake me, I have to believe that each of you will add even better ingredients and more and shinier pennies to your own families’ pots of sauce one day. Just “take the best parts of us“, lock them away without the key, and know that win, lose, or draw, we are always by your sides … now … and eternally. I love you.


… and if I die with a penny in my pocket, then I guess that’s all I need!

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