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Posted Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 12:15 PM

There are a lot of institutions is the world. There is the institution of marriage, the institute of religion. There are also government institutions and many, many more. None of these institutes compare to that family institute.

The family will always be there to help you through whatever life's struggles brings to you. Through thick and thin you can always count on your family to be there for any kind of support that you need.

I was blessed to be in a family that had very supportive parents and loving brothers. Our family was more of a nuclear family than the extended family. Though we had extended members of our family on both sides we truly did depend on the five members of our immediate family.

Our family, despite not having a lot of money, always found ways to go out and have fun. We typically would take a day trip somewhere. Living in Arkansas we could either take Highway 7 North and go to the Buffalo River or South and go to Hot Springs. If we went to Hot Springs we would typically go to the Mid-America Museum or go to Magic Springs. Because my parents believed that history was the most important part of our lives we always took time out to walk down Bathhouse Row to soak up the history there.

One Spring Break we all piled into my dad's car and headed for South Padre Island. It was a very uncomfortable ride but it was an enjoyable one. We stopped for the night at North Padre Island where one of mom's best friends lived. That night I had my first taste of crawfish (I found out that I am not a huge fan of it) my brother Will got sick and we bedded down for the night. We got up the next morning and drove to South Padre Island. We got there some time after noon, spent a few hours and mom was ready to go home. So, we loaded back into my dad's small car and drove the rest of the day and all night to get home. It was not the greatest trip in the world but we were family and I had a blast. A few years later, Will and I made our own trip to South Padre and that was perhaps the best time I have ever had with him.

Will is my younger brother and very early on in our life together (he was born a year and 15 days after me) he discovered that he could push my buttons with ease. For most of our lives he was able to push my buttons and it irritated me to no end. My mom would always tell me that I had to ignore him or laugh at him in order to get him to stop. Over the years I have been able to get used to his button pushing. It really does not bother me anymore, but my mom was wrong on one point. I can deflect his button pushing with an almost ease these days but he has not stopped and does not appear to be slowing down.

One thing about it, though, as much as he has gotten on my case and annoyed me over the years I would not trade him for anything. I will always be the first to defend him on everything. There is an old saying and I am pretty sure that I will not get it right but basically it goes (for all I know I am making it up) "You can say whatever you want about me but do not ever say anything about my family."

I love every member of my family as everyone should with their families. It is truly the greatest institution there is.

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Thanks Michael for this blog. Your mom and I did the best we could do with what we had. I'm sure we erred from time to time but everything we did was done from the heart for our boys. We too think family is the most important institution there is and even though you guys are now grown with your own families, I sometimes think what a joy it would be to go back and raise you guys all over again.

-- Posted by mikeatnight on Wed, Apr 6, 2011, at 8:03 AM

Michael wrote a good blog of his experiences, and he got nine responses before it turned political. Above my comment box it says, be respectful and stay on topic. The topic is family, and I'm afraid that if we were all family, we would be great candidates for the Jerry Springer or Maury Povich garbage show.

-- Posted by Keda46 on Mon, Apr 4, 2011, at 9:41 PM

not my alter ego, but it fits me

-- Posted by president obama on Sat, Apr 2, 2011, at 5:17 PM

thanks dawg. those videos do give me a new perspective. i appreciate your research. the only "gripe" i would have is that the links didnt come from clueless (clueness is not your alter ego is it? lol)

-- Posted by doodle bug on Sat, Apr 2, 2011, at 9:44 AM

clueless, I would be interested in learning on what you base your assertion that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan for oil interests.

-- Posted by doodle bug on Fri, Apr 1, 2011, at 11:20 AM

Gotta Love Conservatives!!!

They wanna send our own AMERICAN soldiers away to Iraq and Afghanistan and get them killed by Al-Quida for power and for oil so the rich can get richer...

Maybe we should just stay out of other countries business and worry about our own problems here at home instead of costing this country millions and millions of dollars a day by being over there to help a select few get richer while it costs the whole rest of the country..

Just Say'in


-- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Fri, Apr 1, 2011, at 8:00 AM

wtg, troll

-- Posted by doodle bug on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 6:14 PM

Some people have good experiences with family; many people do not. I think the family "institution" thing is over rated, kind of like Christmas.

-- Posted by Grandma B on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 5:21 PM

WOW!!!!!!! lol Leave politics, religion and sports out of it and you get positive statements from everyone. (so far)

-- Posted by doodle bug on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 10:15 AM

Be thankful you have a caring and supportive family, unfortunately not everyone is so lucky.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 8:32 AM

Glad you have a wonderful family! Families should be loving, kind and caring. If they all were our world would be better for it.

-- Posted by Boomer62 on Sun, Mar 27, 2011, at 9:06 PM

Great post Michael. Thanks to the memories, good and bad, we who are lucky enough to have loving familys, are truly blessed. I have seen so many dysfunctional familys in my life. I have a friend who said one time, people need a license to get married, but they should have a license to have children. I can't say if I agree with this, but in some cases it does make me wonder. There is this documentary called The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virgina.

Oh my God! Talk about a dysfunctional family. Well so much with my opinionated thoughts, but the documentary is worth watching.

-- Posted by Keda46 on Sun, Mar 27, 2011, at 8:50 PM

Thanks. And I understand the "vent".

-- Posted by doodle bug on Sun, Mar 27, 2011, at 3:09 PM

My motivation for posting a blog has and will always be to put my thoughts out there, right or wrong. It allows me to vent when I need to or just to remember things from the past.

-- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Sun, Mar 27, 2011, at 2:49 PM

good post Michael. I am curious though; struck me the other day. Would you care to elaborate on why you chose to do a blog (you may have posted this info earlier, but I missed it and am too lazy to look for it)? I know we have our differences, but I am curious as to your motivation.

-- Posted by doodle bug on Sun, Mar 27, 2011, at 1:46 PM

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