It’s always good to have something to look forward to.
Seriously, life with nothing on the horizon can get pretty low.
Part of my responsibilities as my wife’s husband is to always make sure there is something for her to look forward to. I am the master of plans, itineraries, adventures, expeditions, treks and voyages.
What does she get to look forward to this summer?
My Summer Job
I’m housesitting again for a family from church, which entails taking care of the pets and swimming in the pool. Not a bad way to spend a couple of weeks.
A Solid Week with ME!
My wife is the luckiest person on Earth. Each year, we pack the car, hit the road, and she gets to spend a solid week as my captive audience for my clever anecdotes, hilarious rambling stories, and radio singalongs. Last year, she only had two panic attacks as a result!
This year, we’ll go camping in Colorado. If you think about it, we’re just going to be looking at a bunch of rocks, which sounds pretty dumb, but the rocks are rather large. Any old piece of junk that no one cares about becomes impressive if it’s really big. When we went to Arkansas, we saw the world’s biggest wind chime. Regular wind chime: meh. Ginormous wind chime: kind of awesome! Just look at the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean or Big Bird. If they were just smaller, they’d just be stupid.
A Solid Week WITHOUT Me!
A week without me while I’m in Mexico. For as long as I can remember, I’m pretty sure a week without me was always been the highlight of my parents’ summer. Send me off to camp, no wait, two camps. And a visit to the grandparents! You want to stay two weeks? I know your mother and I will miss you, but, why not? I know when I have a week without my wife to bach’ it up, it’s a week of eating all the delicious food she frowns on and not shaving. I haven’t asked how she plans to spend the week, but I imagine something similar.
The Small Stuff
Like another year of gardening and canning a lot of food, which makes me feel like a farmer or something, and less like an incompetent, helpless suburbanite. I just need a pair of overalls. Maybe I’ll build a moonshine still this year…
What are you looking forward to this summer? Any big (or small) plans? What do you like to do when you have a few days away from your family?