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.
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.
I am grateful for Farley, who had his first day of school today.
I am grateful for his Family Fun Night, too. We dined on takeout from The White Spot, then had a water fight that I enjoyed more than I thought I would, and then a soak together in the hillbilly hot tub, then a quick screening of a science show he likes on Netflix. It was a great FFN.
I am grateful for a couple of weeks that have really felt like a summer vacation. We all went to Parksville, stayed at a motel by the beach, and had a great time there, and soon after that, the lads and I spent 5 nights in our tent trailer at Goldstream, and it was magical.
I am grateful for the happenstance of coming across this blog post I wrote, years ago, where I contemplated the transition from being the father of an infant to the father of a kid. On that day I took a bus trip with that 1 and a half year old Coop, and I remember it well. Today, we took another bus trip, rehearsing the one he’d be making on his own, with his own bus pass, because that’s how he plans to get to his new school next year. Between then and now, the adage has been so true: the days have been long, but the years have been short.