Time rockets by. Perhaps it’s trite, but enjoy each and every day that you have with these little monkeys because before you know it, they’ve done full grown-up.
Happy Birthday my boy.
Yeah, so this is a great way to spend a couple of hours after school. Solution? Call in the special assistants and remove the apples by whatever means possible…
And here’s a small gif created from the above sketches. It turned out ok though I’m not crazy about the timing… Anyway here’s the lab in action!
The truth is I came close to swearing in the car when this little discovery was made. I didn’t, and while I was very clear about my frustration, I also made sure that everyone knew in the grand scheme of things this wasn’t a huge deal, and that if this was the biggest problem we had to overcome then we were pretty darn lucky. That’s the lot of being a parent right? Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone forgets something now and then (think about the number of times you’ve misplaced your wallet, your keys, your phone….). How could I possibly get mad at a kid who does so many things so well and with such maturity and thoughtfulness most of the time? Aren’t we really in a grand training exercise anyway? Isn’t it our job to prepare our kids as best we can so that they are competent, confident, functional adults when they leave us? If I have to occasionally drive an additional 50 kms to provide gear for a sports event, that ain’t such a hardship in the grand scheme of things. It’s the journey that should be enjoyed, not just the end goal right?
Just to be clear though, a new house routine will be enacted starting tomorrow that all materials for the following day must be laid and ready the night before… Keep your eye out for a future post about how well that is going.
Ok, so it wasn’t quite like this, but our reaction to seeing an enormous wolf 125 yards from our golf cart wasn’t nearly as smooth, organized or as cool as when we saw a black bear (see that here). The elk and deer are back in town for the fall season and with them follow the larger predators. A young elk nearly side swiped one of our carts as we enjoyed a morning on the Stanley Thompson golf course. A moment later I looked to my right and saw a beautiful male wolf circling around us. At first the sheer awesomeness of it took me aback and I immediately reached for my iPhone to talk a snap. It was only after I realized it was looking for that elk calf and now potentially was sizing us up as a meal that I got worried. Amidst some screaming and panicky back and forths in the golf carts, we did get our act together. There is lots of literature out there for what to do when one encounters elk or bear but precious little about wolves (probably due to the fact that it is incredibly rare to get close to one). What follows then is our field tested advice on what to do when meeting a wolf on hole three: Immediately get together. Make lots of noise. Get into your golf carts and drive side by side AWAY from the wolf. Brandish a three wood if convenient.
Oh, and by popular request, here’s the photo: