Sometimes, You Just Have an Awesome Day
Jul 7, 13
by George Butiri
The day started out like any other. The sun rose, the birds chirped, and Ethan asked what that noise was. I told him, “It’s birds.” “Birds”, he asked? He gave me that look that only a 4 year old can. That look of wonder, of discovering something new. He gave me the biggest hug. I think he likes it when I explain stuff to him. Not too in depth, but maybe I just have a way to explain certain things to make him understand. Or, maybe, he’s just really smart. After all, all kids his age are like sponges.
I was about to mount the TV stand onto the wall, when I almost stripped one of the screws. Yes, I was upset, and Adia knew it. I swore like a pirate, and then I felt better. I made my way to Lowes, got some screws that never got used in the end, and got some new toys. A corded drill with enough amps to overpower the not so great drill I was using to strip the screws, and some other piece that I have no idea if I’ll ever use it. But, the non-used pieces were cheap, so I didn’t mind it. Like I always say, there’s a reason for everything that happens.
In the afternoon, after Adia came back from the park with Ethan, we all picked up and went to the beach. Finding a parking spot is really hard to do, considering that everyone and their kids with tents was at the beach to enjoy the nice weather and the warm water of the day.
While trying to find a spot, there was a family that was taking their sweet time. They were loading some things in their van, going back to the beach to pick more things, and loading those things. That frustrated me a bit, considering that I lost a spot just behind me beforehand. What’s up with all the people coming back to their cars to just hang out? Something made me go around the lot again. We agreed that if we don’t find a spot this time around the lot, we’re going home. Interestingly enough, some super power was on our side and apparently wanted us to stay at the beach. Someone got out, we got in, and had a blast.
Ethan enjoyed running from the water, I set up a kite and braced it to our bag of goodies hoping it won’t take them up, up and away; considering it was pretty windy, and then we went digging for sand crabs. Ethan was enjoying watching them go back in the wet sand.
After that, we went to a local mom and pop diner. We had some fairly bland food, but their clam chowder was delicious. Adia doesn’t like clam chowder. More for me, I suppose. Ethan had his hot cocoa, we had some coffee, a sandwich and some eggs. Before our food came to our table, I had to walk back to the car to re-fill the meter for another 50 minutes or so.
Walking back to the car, I was watching the horizon. Such beauty. That walk made me fall in love again with the whole idea of sun sets, palm trees, and the ocean. I live in paradise. Not just because of the location, but because of my family. An amazing mother that’s been there every step of the way. A strong father that never said no when help was needed. A great wife that has stood by me almost 13 years in August. An awesome son (yes, I said awesome) that reminds me and makes me enjoy reliving my childhood through his eyes. I’m tearing up a bit just reading this back. I love my life. There, I said it. And just a few days ago I was about to kill someone… well, not literally.
I retire in my day with a beer in one hand, and rubbing my wife’s foot with the other. She loves having her foot slightly touched. Not to the point of where it tickles, but just a little to make the hairs stand up.
Sleep well! Good night! Sweet dreams!