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June 21, 2013

Missing my furry little children

WASHINGTON — In today’s society we often quibble over how much money we make, how big our house is and how much faster our car goes than our co-workers', friends' or our distant family members'. We often lose sight of the things that really matter. A wise teenager once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

OK, the author of the quote wasn’t a wise man, just slick talking teenager Ferris Bueller. While the character Matthew Broderick played made it cool to skip school in the 1980s, he might have been on to something. Too often our lives become more about petty, superficial things than for lack of a better phrase - the little things.

Yes, I know this sounds incredibly clichéd, but it’s completely true.

Instead of being thankful for the things we do have, we spend our time wondering what life would be like if we had a better job, a better car or a completely different life. Life is short, and we need to appreciate all the things we have. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies and there is a sequence that completely explains what I'm trying to articulate in this column.

Robin Williams’ character, a psychiatrist from South Boston is trying to explain to young Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, that while his wife may be gone, he will always cherish the little things that only he knew about her.

I came to think about this mindset this week when my wife, Monika and our three dogs - Maximus, Roxy and Toby were traveling to South Bend for three days.

Monika was taking our furry children to her mother's house as we get ready for a 10-day vacation to Orlando, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga.

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