Gratitude 


I am grateful for my Dad. He has been the example I follow for many things in life, not the least of which is being a father myself. He’s a guy who knows how to love the cuss out of his kids, even when they, nor the rest of the world, aren’t making that easy. Knowing this makes it apparent to me what I’m supposed to do, or at least try my best to do, like he did, every day.

I am grateful to live in a time when being a dad means more than it has on a wider social level in this culture than in previous decades. Don Draper missed out on some good moments with his children, I’ve gotten to have them with mine.

I am grateful for my grandfathers, and their fathers, and so on.

I’m grateful for cards From my boys this morning.

I’m grateful for a terrific day Julie put together for me. I enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Fireside Grill, a bike ride around part of the airport, steak and grilled veggies for dinner, and peanut butter cookies.

The cherry on top of all that, though, was a tour of a functioning Boeing B-17 bomber that’s here in Victoria for a few days. It’s some kind of machine, with an unimaginable history. 

My paternal grandfather enlisted in the US Air Force, and became a flight instructor for these aircraft during World War II. He was based in Ft. Worth, Texas for most of this time. I can’t help but wonder if he may have flown this aircraft. That’s unlikely, but I also wonder about the chances he instructed someone who did. Seeing it up close, imagining seeing this airplane as he might have then, was a real trip today.

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I am grateful for a screening of “Finding Dory” my family and I got to see at a promotion from our financial advisor. Great show. 4/4 of us agree.

I am grateful for a slip and slide my kids enjoyed the heck out of at a birthday party today.

I am grateful for a small project completed on the house today.

I am grateful for goofball chipmunk Farley with cheeks full of cherries hamming it up for Cooper.

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I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for a surprisingly pleasant retail experience at North Park Bike shop. I’d forgotten my wallet, but the guy behind the cash register offered to let me take the goods then and come back and pay tomorrow. Who does that? That’s why small local businesses rock.

I am grateful for a fantastic family fun night. Julie’s pick: Chinese buffet followed by a swim at Panorama Rec centre. Big news lately at pools with waterslides is that Farley is now 42″ tall, and no child is left behind. Nothing like seeing that kid’s ear to ear grin as he declares “AGAIN. I want to go AGAIN.”

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I am grateful for a potluck dinner with other scouters in Cooper’s beaver colony. It’s a good group of people that I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to know and share experiences with.

I am grateful for stories from Julie about how Cooper and Farley were working together to read Chirp magazine to her.

I am grateful for this blog. I had a few less than ideal moments today, but finding time to pick out the good stuff at the end of it reminds me that it’s not all bad. When it comes right down to it I’m a fortunate guy to be leading this life. This exercise helps me gain the perspective I need to appreciate that.

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IMG_8103I am grateful for Cooper’s Summer Concert at his school. I love seeing all those little kids giving it all they’ve got. Great stuff. Music as it was meant to be heard, IMHO.

I am grateful for a night out with Julie. For some of it we just drove around aimlessly, and wound up at a nice little spot in a cove by the water at Helmecken and View Royal. There wasn’t much there, but it was pretty, and about the right kind of adventure for my taste this evening.

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I am grateful for my big kid, Coop. I took him to the dentist today, and like I usually do, I got up to follow him when they called his name so I could sit with him while they worked on his teeth. “It’s okay, Dad,” he said. “You can wait in the waiting room.” 

So I did. Contemplating how he didn’t need me the same way he used to; how big he’s getting: how proud I am of this guy; how sad I am to say goodbye to the little guy he was; how great and fun it is to meet the new guy that shows up in his place. I find the biggest parenting moments sneak up on me when I least expect them. I’m grateful for this one that came today.

I am grateful for a buddy of Farley’s that we had over for a while this evening. He and Farl are terrific goofballs together.

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I am grateful for time with Coop today. He saved up his money, and his order of a Lego X-Wing Fighter was due to arrive, and I promised him I’d pick him up early to come home and build it, so I did. I got to pick out the pieces for the next step, and then just hang out while he built it and I made dinner. It was nice.

I am grateful for Farley, who is a big, big perogy fan.

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I am grateful for Coop’s resilience this morning. His rear tire popped moments before what was going to be our last trip to the bike park before leaving the campsite this morning. Poor kid. He was disappointed, but accepted it with losing his composure. Go Coop!

I am grateful to be at home, and to be able to style Farley’s hair into spike on top of his head while shampooing it. Never gets old.

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I am grateful for a time where I was camping, and my phone was out of batteries, and I had no internet connection to be distracted by last night; in case you were wondering why there was no blog entry.

I am grateful for kids that are just the right age to really enjoy camping. I heard numerous declarations that today has been the best day ever. The last thing I remember before everyone was quiet last night before falling asleep was Farley saying, “We are SLEEPING, in a REAL CAMPING TENT. That is SO AWESOME.”

He said this emphatically. He paused, then said it again. I think he meant it. I had to agree.

I am grateful for the brilliant shade of green of the maple leaves with the sun shining through them. 

I am grateful Farley still reaches up for my hand when we are walking sometimes. Cooper does too, but not as often these days.

I am grateful for the new playground and bike park they’ve put in here.

I am grateful for the visit from friends with similar aged kids this evening. Hot dogs and libations and kids running around. Good stuff.

I am grateful for the gentle sounds of the wind in the trees, and my 3 snoozing tent mates as I write this.