Gratitude

I am grateful for a phone conversation with an old pal this morning. Whenever I pick up the phone to just chat with someone, I never regret it, yet I do that so seldomly. This time it I had the excuse of wishing him a happy birthday, but I don’t do that often enough. Email, Christmas letters, even family visits don’t compare to the personal connection I get on a phone call.

I am grateful for time spent painting today.

I am grateful for time spent hanging out with my kids this evening and afternoon, and for a chapter of Watership Down at bedtime.

I am grateful for a soak in the hillbilly hot tub with Julie this evening.

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I am grateful for time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for what would have been a 3 martini lunch on the sidewalk patio at the Pennyfarthing with Julie and my folks, had I been drinking martinis.

I am grateful for time spent reading Watership Down with my kids this evening.

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I am grateful for folks in town and visiting, having driven out from Calgary. We’re doing our best to do it safely, and I’ve set up what I am calling the social distancing salon in my backyard. It’s a pop up shelter, bolted down to keep it from blowing away in a storm, and a propane firepit. It’s been a good way to spend time together, but weird, with no grandkids hugging grandparents, or us, or anybody really.

I am grateful for the near miss I had with a concussion when I bonked my head pretty hard on the ice at curling. The doc said I was neurologically fine as far as she could tell, but I was worried there for a bit – I have had experience with concussions in people close to me.

I am grateful for a long phone call with my brother today.

I am grateful for time spent reading with my kids. We’ve recently gotten through Danny the Champion of the World and The BFG by Roald Dahl; this last few nights we’ve started on Watership Down. Knowing how fleeting these experiences are is a good motivator to record them here.

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I am grateful for curling, which started up again for me tonight. I am grateful for all the efforts made by the curling club to make social distancing possible, retrofitting an old building that was not at all designed with a pandemic in mind, coming up with new rules, putting processes and infrastructure in place, and ultimately making it feel safe and easy to maintain personal space while engaging in the game.

I am grateful for the lounge upstairs at the curling club, that it was open, and for the wise decisions made when it came to picking out which beers to have on tap.

I am grateful for a game of Foosball with Farley this afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent with my whole dang family while we got the kids in bed tonight.

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I am grateful for the time to spend on a weekend backyard project. I made a small, 4×7′ deck to put the hillbilly hot tub onto, hopefully meaning it will stay warmer longer in the wintertime, and giving us a place to take of our Crocs. I can now use the phrase, “I made this out of old pallets”! I built it with less than $100 invested in new materials, which was the yellow cedar for the decking, hopefully concealing the fact that underneath it’s old pallets, so the only way you’d know is the fact that I’ll be declaring so, loud and proud.

I am grateful for friends who took Farley dirt biking this morning.

I am grateful for Julie, who shopped for terrific grocery bounty, and made a delicious chard, bean, and leek soup for dinner.

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I am grateful for Coop’s family fun night. Part 1: last night we went bowling, and it felt normal after a while, and fun. Part 2: tonight we ordered pizza and watched the first part of Hamilton.

I am grateful for a phone conversation with my parents this morning.

I am grateful for Farley’s Lego farm diorama.

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I am grateful for several conversations with other dads in the neighbourhood this morning.

I am grateful for Coop. Going to a new school is hard, and he’s a trooper.

I am grateful for Farley, and in particular his ever expanding mop of long floppy hair, which he employs to express his emotional state.

I am grateful for an online game of hearts with members of my family of origin this evening.

I am grateful for Julie, who is also a trooper.

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I am grateful for community. I have felt the support of my community, and I have known the satisfaction of contributing to my community, and I can feel it, deep down, that’s the stuff that keeps the world spinning on it’s stable axis.