Hi Im home, said Daniel in affirmation.He was in the door and smelled the roast that his wife had cooked, everything was going okay atleast at home right now and his relationship had turned a course for the better. He called his kids, Sherryand Michael down, and as his wife Barbara finished making some final touches they all sat down to eat.They all discussed how good the food was, as well as how Michael was doing in his first few weeks in thefirst grade. Sherry looked up to Michael as her older brother. From the time she was a little girl she hadalways looked up to him. When Barbara and Daniel were arguing, it was Michael who consoled Sherrytelling her that everything would be alright.The day moved on still and after dinner had ended Daniel to his nightly ritual of reading. Heenjoyed reading about history and other things. He was an avid reader of just about everything too.Everything from murder mysteries to science fiction. Only through reading could he achieve a sense of emotional ecstasy.Before he knew it was nine in the evening and it was time to put the kids to bed. An hour laterhe went to bed, watched the news and then shut off the television. He sat talking with Barbara aboutthe troubles of his job, and how he felt about his life. Then their conversation eventually faded into thedarkness that enveloped them. He was left alone with his thoughts. Again he thought, how much longercan I really handle this? Is it a matter of years, or is a matter of days? As he pondered these thoughts heslowly drifted off into sleep.He didnt remember what he dreamt about during the course of the night. He was interruptedby his alarm clock, it was 6:30 A.M. again. Time for another day in the grind, time for a sense of dread.He wanted to just not go into work today, but he knew he couldnt do it. He knew he had to do keepworking for his family. So he got up again, and as all great men do he thinks about his life in the shower.He got dressed and looked in the mirror as he tied his tie, looking himself in the eyes with a kind of deadconfidence, knowing that he could do this. Nothing could stop him a matter what.He ate a true breakfast of champions, coffee and a cigarette. He held himself in a sense of adultation. There is something about confidence that is temporary. But today he had it, he worked hardand got all his work done. He felt on top of the world. He was able to concentrate and for a while he wastruly happy. He felt he had dealt with all the hardships and conquered them.He left this day happy and content, and was able to save 10 minutes this day off his time comingback from work. He came in and kissed his wife and embraced her as his kids were playing off in theother room. It seemed all was finally at peace in the Roberts household. He finished supper and thenbegan to read Homers the Odyssey, the ancient Greek epic of Odysseus. He felt like he could relate tohim about how he was invincible. The day ended and he went to bad happy.But like everything in this life all this was temporary. We can think we are okay while our life islying in shambles. This is a truth illustrated many times in Daniels life, everytime he has faced a hardship,he remained in a sense of happy denial so wouldnt have to face the ugly truth.