Monday, November 7, 2011


This weekend I went to a thrift store and picked up this pot for ten bucks. Then I came home and filled it with sticks. I love sticks. I may end up decorating my whole house with sticks.

It was, overall, a good weekend, though when I was on the treadmill at the gym on Saturday, I started panicking about the fact that our family doesn't do enough together. Lately, Jack lives in his room. Really, I think if we put a port-a-potty and a mini-fridge in there, he'd never come out. And there's no guarantee that family outings will go well, as one child is always miserably low on enthusiasm.

Here's the interesting thing: Whenever I start get worried about family life, or lack thereof, I can almost promise you the Man is also getting worried. We are usually in sync in this area (and many others). And Sunday afternoon, he was on it. He had Jack out in the yard messing around with the radio-operated helicopters, and Will working on a model car. And then Jack made two Key Lime pies to take to school today for his advisory group, which made me happy. Jack is very quiet and reserved, and I'm so glad he's found he can speak through pies. Everyone likes a boy who speaks through pies.

So it's not like we had a great family outing, but the boys were doing things that didn't involve screens, and Jack even spent time outside, which is always a miracle. So I felt better. I wish we were the sort of family that took happy camping trips together, but we don't. I wish my children were best of friends, but they're not. But they make pies and gingerbread (that was Will's baking project yesterday) and fly helicopters and build model cars, and that's good. I can live with that.

9 comments:

Danielle said...

I love your stick arrangement! And boys who bake are wonderful.

I have managed manic fits of paper/catalog/magazine/color pages/school work/ purging today in order to make recycling tomorrow. Focus on something very specific. That's how we will make progress on battling the chaos.

Tracy said...

The pot of sticks looks amazing. Maybe you could have a future in thrift store home decorating if you every decide to retire from writing. Not that you should. There would be three devasted children in my house if you did that.

Just for the record - some of us who do the happy camping thing do it with lots of other people. When you have a house full of extroverts you just can't go on your own. That would be boring and torture the extroverts.

wayside wanderer said...

Love the sticks and the mental picture of boys playing with toys outside. I have a stick Anna picked for me on my mantle. It happens to have some leaves and berries on it, but it is just laying there and I like it like that.

magsmcc said...

Mattman's English homework tonight centred on the Three Little Pigs- you want to be careful with those houses of sticks! One big puff of self-reproach and the whole thing poof! We camp. Believe me, the big bad wolf comes there too!

Gumbo Lily said...

I like sticks too and have them in many places in my home. I like your vase with sticks very much!

No camping here. Mainly, our kids worked with us. That's how it is on a ranch, I guess.

Jody

Pom Pom said...

One time Brad said, "I want to go camping. Real camping. Camping where you kill animals and you eat them." He camps with HIS family now probably because we hauled our kids to Young Life camp every summer where they had to hang out with me way more than their dad and it NEVER involved sleeping bags, wiener roasts, or camp stoves.

My mom likes to put sticks in vases, too!

GretchenJoanna said...

Sticks are definitely a practical and elegant decoration. I was just oiling another giant "stick" on manzanita this morning for a friend.

Your pie-making son is to be treasured and admired. (sigh) My son made a few pies, too, quite a while ago. And my son-in-law made his first appearance in our lives when he showed up at the door with a rhubarb pie in his hands, lo these many years past.
"Can HE bake a cherry pie?" The skill could prove very endearing some day.

GretchenJoanna said...

oops...I meant OF manzanita...

The dB family said...

Great find!! Love the sticks in it! In some ways you're not missing anything by not camping. We didn't go at all this year and I didn't miss it. Shhh! Don't tell anyone. They still think I like camping.

Blessings!
Deborah