- Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life - All Too Human

'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' with Tom Kelley
Originally posted on 05/16/2019

All Too Human

The first images of my father were those I had as a rugrat. Everyone looks tall when you're lying on the floor. Even mom looked tall from that perspective. As I grew I began to set my growth goals when I realized that I would get taller, mom was the first mark. I caught her when I was in the seventh grade, blew by her in the eighth and caught dad as a freshman in high school.

I was a six foot two inch one hundred fifty pounder at age fourteen. Even that scrawny I realized that I was about as big as dad. As I continued to grow I became stronger through some very hard work in the hay fields in the summers and began to fill out. Mom noticed my increased bulk and commented on it to dad. "Betcha I can still take him, Dot," was dad's reply.

That's the thing about our parents. We started out small so we could appreciate not just the size difference but the job difference as well. We needed their protection growing up. Now we are adults. I remember when dad told me about his all too human frailties. He showed me his little bottle of nitro glycerine and told me about the onset of osteoporosis. I watched my father go from almost six feet two inches tall to not even five feet nine inches tall at his death.

That was when I realized that my parents were not Superman and Superwoman. While dad's body gradually deteriorated, mom's mind began to gradually leave her. It wasn't that many years ago that I was struggling to keep up my father's walking pace. Now I make pilgrimages to his resting place. In the final analysis we are all too human. But that is our blessing that we pass on.

In Genesis 27:26-29 a failing Isaac blessed Jacob thinking that he was Esau. Both boys failed to udnerstand that the blessings of fatherhood are not what is left when a father dies but what is given to be possessed before one knows that death is near. I am like my father. I am all too human. One day I will die. What I leave my children will not be a smattering of possessions for them to divide. What I leave them will be what my dad left me. I am human. All too human. The only thing I did that was not a mistake was to love my family.

Meet the Author:
Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at

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