There are those who get invited to guestblog at Times and Seasons because they’ve been a regular in the Bloggernacle for ages and we figure their turn has come. There are those who get invited because it collectively occurs to us that we and our readers would really benefit from hearing from a circus animal trainer/professional skydiver/registered Democrat/Hollywood movie star/John Birch Society chapter president/illegal immigrant/11-year-old chess master/French chef/member of President Hinckley’s security detail/quantum physicist/polygamy rights activists/dude on the corner handing out pamphlets/female panda/etc. And then there are those who get invited because we just plain like them. Curtis DeGraw is one of these.
When asked to describe himself, Curtis says he’s just a social studies teacher at heart, though in fact he’s a master of more trades than that. He says his “single best decision” ever was marrying his high school sweetheart 21 years ago, after returning from a mission to Sapporo, Japan. He was the only married freshman in institutional memory at the college he attended (which means it wasn’t BYU), as well as the first graduating senior with multiple children (he and his wife now have six, ranging in age from 19 to 5, meaning they have one starting college this year and one starting kindergarten). His favorite calling of all time is seminary teacher, which he’s been able to do twice; his single greatest Church-related pride, however, is that he’s thusfar managed to have never been called to elder’s quorum president, Relief Society president, or bishop (knock on wood). If he can look back as he is dying and still say that, he believes he will be able to go on to his eternal reward happy and content.
Curtis is going to share his wit and wisdom with us for a while. “Curtis DeGraw” really is his actual name, but keep an eye out, as he’ll occasionally comment pseudonymously, just to mix things up. Welcome aboard, Curtis!